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YRT expands Richmond Hill community bus service,
starting November 14



York Region Transit expanded its community bus service in Richmond Hill, starting yesterday, Monday, November 14.

It’s also providing the service with two route numbers — routes 589 and 590. The two different route numbers help passengers figure out which way each bus is traveling around the Richmond Hill community bus route.

Buses operating along route 589 travel counterclockwise around the route. Buses operating along route 590 travel clockwise.

The buses continue to serve all current stops, except The Bay store at Hillcrest Mall. (The buses continue to drop off and pick up passengers at the stop at the TD Canada Trust at the mall.)

They also serve these new locations:

  • Loblaws - Richmond Hill Market;
  • 10870 Yonge Street (Longo’s / Rexall);
  • 955 Major Mackenzie Drive West;
  • Richmond Hill Central Library (Sundays only); and
  • the Royal Bank at South Hill Shopping Centre.

To accommodate the new service locations, YRT is decreasing the frequency of service along the route from every hour to every two hours. However, passengers can still enjoy hourly service from many locations by choosing to ride around the complete route to get where they want to go.

The buses operate along slightly different routes Sundays and holidays than they do Mondays to Saturdays.


589 Richmond Hill community bus (counterclockwise)

Mondays to Saturdays, starting Monday, November 14, buses start their trips at the Walmart and Metro stores on Major Mackenzie Drive East east of Bayview Avenue, then proceed:

counterclockwise around Walmart and Metro;
southward along Bayview Avenue;
westward along Major Mackenzie East;
northward along Pugsley Avenue, stopping at the Rosetown Apartmants.

The buses then continue:

northward along Pugsley;
westward along Dunlop Avenue, passing the Dunlop Residences.
(Residents of the Dunlop Residences must wait for the buses at the shelter on Dunlop Street.)

The buses then continue:

westward along Dunlop;
northward along Yonge Street;
clockwise through the Richmond Heights Plaza parking lot;
northward along Yonge;
counterclockwise through Loblaw’s parking lot;
westward along Bernard Avenue;
southward along Yonge;
clockwise through Longo’s / Rexall parking lot;
southward along Yonge;
westward along Elgin Mills Road West;
southward along Bathurst Street;
westward along Major Mackenzie West.
(The buses drop off and pick up passengers visiting the medical building at 955 Major Mackenzie Drove West at the southwest corner of Major Mackenzie and Ilan Ramon Avenue.)

The buses then continue:

southward along Ilan Ramon Drive;
eastward along Lebovic Campus Drive and Weldrick Road West;
southward along Springhead Gardens;
eastward along Baif Boulevard;
southward along Hillcrest Gate;
counterclockwise around Hillcrest Mall,
stopping at TD Canada Trust.

The buses then continue:

westward across Yonge Street into the South Hill Plaza;
northward along Yonge Street;
eastward along Observatory Lane;
southward along Marshall Street to the Marshall Street Residences.

The buses then continue:

northward along Marshall;
westward along Observatory Lane, passing the Observatory Lane Residences;
westward along Baif to the Baif Residences.

The buses then continue:

eastward along Baif;
northward along Yonge;
east- and northward along Weldrick East, passing 33 Weldrick East;
westward along Clarissa Drive, passing the T&T Supermarket;
northward along Yonge;
westward along Harding Boulevard West to Major Mackenzie West.
(The buses pick up and drop off passengers visiting the medical building at 250 Harding Boulevard West at the southeast corner of Major Mackenzie West and Harding.)

The buses then continue:

northward along Trench Street to the York Central Hospital;
southward along Trench;
eastward along Major Mackenzie West;
north- and eastward along Arnold Crescent;
southward along Yonge;
clockwise around the McConaghy Centre;
eastward along Arnold;
northward along Yonge;
eastward along Centre Street East;
southward along Bayview;
eastward along Major Mackenzie East; and then
northward into Walmart / Metro,
ending their trips.

Sundays and holidays, the buses do not serve the McConaghey Centre, but operate, instead, to the Central Branch of the Richmond Hill Library.

Buses operate along their Monday-to-Saturday route to Major Mackenzie Drive West and Arnold Crescent, then proceed:

eastward along Major Mackenzie West;
southward along Atkinson Street;
eastward into the library driveway and circling counterclockwise;
westward along the library driveway;
northward along Atkinson; and then
westward along Major Mackenzie West and East to Church Street,
resuming their Monday-to-Saturday route eastward along Major Mackenzie East.

The first bus of the day starts its trip at the Marshall Street Residences at 9:23 a.m. seven days a week. All other buses start their trips at Walmart and Metro at 10:24 a.m. and 12:24, 2:24 and 4:24 p.m. seven days a week.

The buses end their trips at Walmart and Metro at 10:14 a.m. and 12:14, 2:14 and 4:14 p.m. seven days a week. The last bus of the day ends its trip at Hillcrest Mall at 5:11 p.m.

590 Richmond Hill community bus (clockwise)

Mondays to Saturdays, starting Monday, November 14, buses start their trips at the Walmart and Metro stores on Major Mackenzie Drive East east of Bayview Avenue, then proceed:

counterclockwise around Walmart and Metro;
southward along Bayview Avenue;
westward along Major Mackenzie East;
northward along Church Street;
westward along Lorne Avenue;
southward along Yonge Street;
counterclockwise around the McConaghy Centre;
west- and southward along Arnold Crescent; and then
west- and northward along Harding Boulevard West to Major Mackenzie West.
(The buses pick up and drop off passengers visiting the medical building at 250 Harding Boulevard West at the southeast corner of Major Mackenzie West and Harding.)

The buses then continue

northward along Trench Street to the York Central Hospital;
southward along Trench;
south- and eastward along Harding West;
southward along Yonge;
eastward along Clarissa Drive, passing the T & T supermarket,
south- and westward along Weldrick Road East, passing #33 Weldrick East,
southward along Yonge;
westward along Baif Boulevard to the Baif Residences.

The buses then continue:

eastward along Baif Boulevard and Observatory Lane; and then
southward along Marshall Street to the Marshall Street Residences.

The buses then continue:

northward along Marshall;
westward along Observatory Lane, passing the Observatory Lane Residence;
southward along Yonge; and then
eastward into the South Hill Plaza, stopping at the Royal Bank of Canada.

The buses then continue:

westward across Yonge Street and into Hillcrest Mall;
clockwise around Hillcrest Mall, stopping at TD Canada Trust;
northward along Hillcrest Gate;
westward along Baif;
northward along Springhead Gardens;
westward along Weldrick West;
northward along Bathurst Street; and then
westward along Major Mackenzie Drive West.
(The buses drop off and pick up passengers visiting the medical building at 955 Major Mackenzie Drove West at the southwest corner of Major Mackenzie and Ilan Ramon Avenue.)

The buses then continue:

southward along Ilan Roman Avenue;
eastward along Valley Vista Drive;
northward along Bathurst;
eastward along Elgin Mills Road West;
northward along Yonge;
counterclockwise through Loblaw’s parking lot;
westward along Bernard Avenue;
southward along Yonge;
clockwise through Longo’s / Rexall parking lot;
southward along Yonge;
counterclockwise through the Richmond Heights Plaza;
southward along Yonge;
eastward along Dunlop Street;
southward along Pugsley Avenue;
eastward along Centre Street East;
southward along Bayview Avenue;
eastward along Major Mackenzie East; and then
northward into the parking lot for Walmart / Metro,
ending their trips.

Sundays and holidays, the buses do not serve the McConaghey Centre, but operate, instead, to the Central Branch of the Richmond Hill Library.

Buses operate along their Monday-to-Saturday route to Major Mackenzie Drive East and Church Street, then proceed:

westward along Major Mackenzie East and West;
southward along Atkinson Street;
eastward into the library driveway and circling counterclockwise;
westward along the library driveway;
northward along Atkinson; and then
westward along Major Mackenzie West to Arnold Crescent,
resuming their Monday-to-Saturday route southward along Arnold.

The first bus of the day starts its trip at 33 Weldrick Road East at 9:04 a.m. seven days a week. All other buses start their trips at Walmart and Metro at 10:37 a.m. and 12:37, 2:37 and 4:37 p.m. seven days a week.

The buses end their trips at Walmart and Metro at 10:27 a.m. and 12:27, 2:27 and 4:27 p.m. seven days a week. The last bus of the day ends its trip at Hillcrest Mall at 5:32 p.m.

You can view the new route navigator — a schedule and a map — here. (.pdf)