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Save the YRT GO Shuttle Route 242

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The York Regional Transit (YRT) has a service plan change proposal for April 2013 that includes ending the YRT GO Train Shuttle Route 242. The YRT 242 Route provides invaluable service to those riders who use it everyday to and from the Richmond Hill GO Train Station. Without the 242 Route the alternatives (although several) add the following hindrances to daily commute: 1. Dependency on non shuttle bus routes 2. Need to walk significant distances to Bus Stops 3. Risk of missing GO train departures due to late arrival of buses from traffic congestion. 4. Risk of missing bus pickup from normal buses due to late arrivals of GO train to GO train stations. A typical typical morning commute for riders along this route from pickup on the YRT Shuttle to UNION Station is 1.5 hours. A typical evening commute for riders along this route from GO Train pickup at UNION Station to drop off along this route is 1.25 hours. Loss of this route has potential to add 20 to 30 minutes to commutes in both directions due to wait times for buses that are not coordinated with Richmond Hill GO train arrival departures at Richmond Hill GO Train Station and Langstaff GO Train Station. This can mean a 3 to 3.5 hour total daily commute for riders along the YRT 242 route. This petition will be sent to GO Train Management, YRT Management, and Nick Papa the Councillor for Ward 5 Councillor of Richmond Hill.

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