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YRT "street furniture" open house, March 3

York Region Transit is inviting members of the public to review and comment on proposals for “street furniture” at transit stops in York Region.

The Region of York approved new guidelines for designing street furniture in June. The Region’s goal was to find a contemporary design, and maintain a consistent appearance for, transit shelters, benches and waste or recycling containers at transit stops. The new street furniture guidelines focus on comfort, safety and accessibility, while identifying local municipalities and reducing advertising clutter.

York Regional Council also directed staff to find two suppliers — one to design the shelters and another to install and maintain the furniture for 15 years. The second supplier could also sell advertising on the various furniture elements.

Three YRT “public information centres” — or open houses — let you find out about the street furniture program.

On Thursday, February 4, staff listened to your ideas for designing street furniture. On Wednesday, March 3, staff will present several design concepts for you to review. Finally, on Wednesday, March 24, staff will present their final proposals — they will adopt your ideas and comments when finishing their design.

Design concepts review

Wednesday, March 3, from 7 until 9 p.m.
Richmond Hill Public Library
1 Atkinson Street
(off Major Mackenzie Drive West, one block west of Yonge Street)
Richmond Hill

Proposed final design presentation

Wednesday, March 24, from 7 until 9 p.m.
Newmarket Public Library,
438 Park Avenue
(west of Main Street South)

If you can’t attend one of the open houses and want a copy of the presentation or provide feedback, e-mail YRT:

Region staff estimate that designing the street furniture will cost $200,000. They also projected that installing and maintaining the street furniture will cost about $42 million during the 15-year advertising contract term. As a program that generates revenue, suppliers would ultimately deliver the street furniture program at no cost to the Region.

YRT and Viva have more than 4,500 bus stops throughout York Region.

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