Thornhill is home to an effective public transit system, which services its many neighbourhoods and connects it to other parts of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Here is an overview of Thornhill’s public transportation system and other options available in the area.
York Regional Transit
The YRT is the public transit operator for the entire York Region. It operates 65 full time routes and services 88,000 riders daily and 22 million riders annually. In addition to regular routes, the YRT also offers school bus services, rapid transit, Go Shuttles and college and university services.
YRT has a fleet of 500 vehicles that are regularly maintained and in safe, clean and reliable condition.
Some of the accessibility features that are included in the YRT vehicles include:
- Kneeling buses with ramp or lift for easy boarding.
- Designated spots for passengers using mobility aids.
- Automated next stop announcements.
All the conventional buses used by the YRT are equipped with a 2-position bike rack, which is designed for easy loading and unloading. The YRT is proud to be part of the “Bus and Bike” program and offers free repair stations as well as complimentary bike racks at 65 locations to allow you to lock up your bike.
YRT’s Viva is the first rapid transit service of its kind to operate in the GTA. Since its initial launch in 2005 Viva has been a great success. It operates along all the major corridors in the York region. Viva connects Markham and Vaughan as well as Thornhill to various other York Region communities as well as the City of Toronto and its subway system.
GO Shuttles are designed to move commuters to and from GO Trains and make all connections seamless and easy. They are designed so that you will never miss your connection again.
YRT’s express services are designed to allow you to skip the rush hour commute and ride in style. The express service buses do not stop at all of the designated bus stops, which will get you to your desired destination sooner. This is the perfect service for busy commuters or business travelers.
YRT’s community bus routes are designed for seniors and people with disabilities. These buses provide better connections to seniors’ residences, medical facilities, community and shopping centres.
Mobility Plus is York Region’s door-to-door shared ride public transit service for people with disabilities. Mobility Plus is designed for commuters who are not able to use the YRT’s other public transit options due to cognitive, visual or sensory disabilities.
For a more detailed look at the YRT’s public transit options as well as the various routes, fares, passes and schedules, please visit:
Pearson Airport in Toronto is Canada’s largest and busiest airport, offering 450,000 flights and servicing 44 million passengers annually. Thornhill is a 30-minute commute to Pearson Airport, which offers connecting flights to many international and national destinations. Pearson Airport is the gateway to North American air travel.
Thornhill – In the middle of it all
The wide range of public transit options and services provided by the YRT adds to the livability and allure of Thornhill. Regardless of whether you are commuting to Toronto for business or just wanting to get to one of Thornhill’s many historic areas, shopping opportunities or community events, YRT’s public transit has you covered.