Commuters in the GTA are fortunate to have access to an integrated public transit
system throughout the region that connects several employment hubs, residential areas and recreational sites. At SCMRH, we provide you with transit maps, resources and applications that ensure your trip is smooth, easy and quick.
Why take transit?
Several transit routes in the GTA operate in dedicated bus or streetcar lanes that allow riders to pass cars and avoid gridlock, such as Viva’s Purple and Pink bus routes, which run in a separate lane in the centre of Highway 7 East. Viva’s vehicles are also equipped with a Traffic Signal Priority system that facilitates quicker movement of buses through busy intersections. See how it works in the video below!
Check your emails, listen to a podcast or read a good book – things you definitely can’t do if you’re driving alone! Go Transit’s Quiet Zone and work tables in Viva buses are great features that allow riders to complete work or focus on important tasks. Working during your commute results in more quality time at home!
According to the Canadian Automobile Association, owning and operating a car costs approximately $7,000 to $9,000 a year. In contrast, the cost of a York Region Transit monthly pass is $136 – $181, which amounts to $1,632 – $2,172 a year. By choosing to ride transit, users save money on the cost of owning and maintaining a vehicle, parking fees and sudden increases in gas prices. Riders are also eligible for a non-refundable tax credit from the Government of Canada. For more information on this program, including how to claim your transit passes, please visit http://www.transitpass.ca/.
Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
One full city bus can take 40 vehicles off the road and also saves 52 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year! By choosing to take transit, you are reducing the amount of harmful toxins released into the atmosphere, which have serious effects on our climate and respiratory health. Read the Pembina Institute’s study on reducing greenhouse gas emissions for more information.
We invite you to visit these web sites for specific transit information:
PRESTO is a state-of-the-art electronic fare payment system available across 11 transit agencies in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and Ottawa. PRESTO replaces the need for tickets, tokens, passes or cash. Click here to tap into an easier commute.
Triplinx is the official trip planner and transportation resource for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Simply put in your starting point and your destination and Triplinx will tell you how to get there. Plan your journey now.
York Region Transit and Viva
YRT/Viva offers local and rapid transit services in all nine York Region municipalities. All YRT/Viva buses are equipped with bike racks. Click here for maps and schedules
GO Transit is the regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with routes extending to communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Stay in the know by downloading one of their GO Apps. Learn more.
Toronto Transit Commission
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the public transport agency that operates bus, streetcar, subway, paratransit and light rail services within Toronto (with some routes extending into the surrounding regions). Approximately 1.5 million people ride the TTC each day, which prevents one million cars from driving on city streets. For information on routes and schedules, please click here.