Sep 4, 2006

Viva buses battle growing pains

One of the brightest things that has happened to transit in the GTA is the Viva Bus system of York Region. Today September 4, 2006 it is one year old.

Viva is run differently than any other bus transit system in the GTA. For one thing Viva's buses are connected with dispatch by a satellite in order to keep them running on time.

Viva operates on a prepaid, proof-of-payment system. There are no fare boxes on Viva. Customers must purchase tickets or passes prior to boarding, and hold onto them in case a Fare Inspector asks for proof of payment. To transfer to a YRT bus, customers show their validated tickets or passes to the bus driver when boarding.

Viva has had a number of behind the scenes mishaps. Read more…

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