FAQs

Toronto Transit Commission

TTC and GO Transit CO-Fares

The Provincial Government recently announced a co-fare for GO Transit riders who use the TTC; riders will get a discount of $1.50 when they use a PRESTO Card.

Is there parking available at the Pioneer Village Station for York University?

Yes. Pay and Display parking is available at The Pioneer Village Station.

How often does the subway run?

According to the TTC, trains operate every 4 – 5 minutes, depending on the time of day.

Can I use my PRESTO card on the new subway stations?

Yes. PRESTO cards can be used at all six subway stations.

Are the subway stations and terminals accessible?

Yes, all new subway stations and terminals are made accessible.

If my bus stop is at Pioneer Village Subway Station and I usually go to the Common, how will I get there from the Pioneer Village Subway Station?

If you need to get to the Common, you can either walk across campus from the Pioneer Village Subway Station to the Common, or take the subway from Pioneer Village Station to the York University Subway.

 

GO Transit-Metrolinx

As of January 5, 2019, GO buses will cease to come to the Keele campus.

GO Transit buses will operate out of Highway 407 Station located at Jane Street and Highway 407.

To get to York University campus, customers must exit the bus at Highway 407 Station and use the TTC to get to the Keele campus. An additional fare will be required. GO Transit has instituted a Discounted Double Fare (DDF) of $1.50 with the TTC. To take advantage of the DDF, a PRESTO™ card is required.

Why are GO buses no longer going to the York University Keele campus?

The decision to relocate GO buses to Highway 407 Station (Jane Street and Highway 407), has always been a part of the longer-term plan to move service from campus to Highway 407 Station once the TTC’s Line 1 extension was open. Highway 407 Station complies with AODA and its 18 bus bays make access to the GTA easy and accessible.

Could York University allow GO buses to continue to operate from campus until fare integration is reached?

York University does not have the authority to keep GO buses on campus until fare integration has been established. However, GO has instituted a Discounted Double Fare (DDF) with the TTC of $1.50 with the use of a PRESTO™ card. The University will continue to advocate for full fare integration.

I need to get to the centre of campus at the Common. What are my options now that the GO buses are terminating at Highway 407 Station?

To get to the Common or anywhere on campus from Highway 407 Station, you will need to take the TTC to either the Pioneer Village Station or the York University Subway Station. Please see the York University map for details.

I have classes late at night. I am concerned for my safety on my way to the subway. What are my options?

Safety is of prime importance to York University. If you are walking within the York University Keele campus late in the evening, York University's goSAFE program will safely accompany you on your walk within the boundaries of the campus. Boundaries include the Pioneer Village Subway Station on the south side of Steeles Avenue. goSAFE staff can also remain on-site to observe customers crossing Steeles Avenue safely upon request. Please note: This service is available to all members of the York community.

I have a disability. What are my options to get to/from the York University campus to/from the subway?

York University offers an on-campus scheduled mobility service known as VanGO. This service can assist those students, faculty and staff with disabilities when travelling between locations on campus, including to/from the subway stations.

Is there parking at Highway 407 Station?

Yes. The TTC does provide a limited number of Pay & Display parking at Highway 407 Station.

Can I use my PRESTO™ card on the new subway stations?

Yes. PRESTO™ cards can be used at all six new subway stations

Must I pay a TTC fare when I use the subway from Highway 407 Station?

Customers must pay the TTC fare when boarding the TTC subway and the GO fare when boarding GO buses. GO Transit has implemented a Discounted Double Fare of $1.50 with the TTC. If you exit a GO bus at Highway 407 Station, you must pay an additional fare to use the TTC. You will need a PRESTO™ card to take advantage of the discounted double fare.

Will I need to pay an additional fare when transferring to/from GO buses and the TTC subway?

Yes. Customers must pay a TTC fare when boarding the TTC subway and a GO bus fare when boarding GO buses. GO Transit has implemented a Discounted Double Fare of $1.50 with the TTC. If you exit a GO bus at Highway 407 Station, you must pay an additional fare to use the TTC. You will need a PRESTO™ card to take advantage of the discounted double fare.

Are the new subway stations equipped with PRESTO™ card readers?

Yes. All stations are equipped with PRESTO™ card readers.

I use more than one transit system to get to/from the Keele campus. Is there a way to save on fares?

Many transit agencies offer discounts to regular GO Transit customers. Visit the GO Transit website for full details.

Will there be any changes to the York University GO train station on Canarctic Drive?

The York University Go Train Station on Canarctic Drive will continue to operate as usual. The weekly service schedule for the GO train station on Canarctic Drive remains the same.

 

For the most up to date information, visit the GO Transit website.

 

York Region Transit (YRT/Viva)

As of September 2, 2018, YRT will no longer provide service directly into the York University Campus; all YRT/Viva buses will terminate at the Pioneer Village Station (on the north side of Steeles Avenue). For more information about routes serving the Keele campus, visit the YRT/Viva website.

Will YRT buses continue to operate from the York University Keele Campus?

No. Effective September 2, 2018. YRT buses will operate out of the Pioneer Village Station on the north side of Steeles Avenue; Highway 407 Station and the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station.

Why are YRT buses no longer going to the York University Keele Campus?

With the opening of the TTC Line 1 Subway extension into the City of Vaughan, the TTC and YRT entered a binding agreement which required YRT to remove all transit services operating within the York University Keele Campus. This agreement was made to avoid duplication of service between YRT and the TTC Line 1 Subway.

Could York University allow YRT buses to continue to operate from Campus until fare integration is established?

No. York University is not empowered to permit YRT to operate within TTC service area. York University cannot make decisions about the provision of transit services in either the City of Toronto or the Regional Municipality of York.

Is there a way to avoid paying two fares if I take a YRT bus?

Yes. You can purchase a GTA weekly pass if your trip involves two or more transit systems, five days a week or more. It is transferable and valid for unlimited travel on YRT, TTC, Mississauga (MiWay) and Brampton Transit services. The GTA Weekly Pass is valid from Monday to Sunday of the same week.

I use YRT to get to the Keele Campus. My last stop is at Pioneer Village Station, but I need to get to the Common or the east end of Campus, what are my options?

To get to the Common or any where on Campus from the Pioneer Village Station, you can either walk from Pioneer Village Station, north of Steeles or walk to the Pioneer Village Subway Station located south of Steeles and take the subway to the York University Subway Station. Please see the York University map for details.

I have classes late at night. I am concerned for my safety walking across Campus to get to the YRT buses in Pioneer Village Station. What are my options?

Safety is of prime importance to York University. Anyone walking within the York University Keele Campus late in the evening can use the University's goSAFE program. goSAFE will safely accompany you on your walk within the boundaries of the Campus, including Pioneer Village Subway Station on the south side of Steeles Avenue. Upon request, goSAFE can remain on-site to observe customers crossing Steeles Avenue.

Please note: This service is available to anyone on the York University Keele Campus, and is not restricted to students. YRT offers a Request Stop program, where passengers travelling on a conventional route can request to be dropped off between stops after 9 pm.

I have a disability, what are my options to get to/from the York University Campus to/from the YRT Pioneer Station?

Mobility Plus is York Region's door-to-door, shared ride, accessible public transit service for people with disabilities. If you are unable to use regular public transit due to a physical, cognitive, visual or sensory disability for all or part of your trip, Mobility Plus may be able to assist you. Visit YRT’s Mobility Plus and Mobility Plus Cross-Boundary Travel to book your trip.

York University’s VanGO service continues to provide service to and from any location on campus for people with disabilities. This service can assist those students, Faculty and Staff with disabilities, when travelling between locations on Campus, including Pioneer Village Subway Station on the south side of Steeles Avenue.

Is there parking at the Pioneer Village Station?

Yes. There is Pay and Display parking available at the Pioneer Village Station.

Can I use my PRESTO card on the new subway stations?

Yes. PRESTO cards can be used at all six subway stations.

Do I pay YRT/Viva or TTC fare when I use the subway from York Region?

Customers must pay TTC fare when boarding the TTC subway, and YRT/Viva fare when boarding YRT/Viva buses.

Will I need to pay an additional fare when transferring to/from YRT/Viva buses and the TTC subway?

Yes. Customers must pay a TTC fare when boarding the TTC subway, and a YRT/Viva fare when boarding YRT/Viva buses.

Are the new Subway stations in York Region equipped with PRESTO card readers?

Yes. All stations are equipped with PRESTO card readers.

Can I use the YRT/Viva Pay app to board the subway?

No. The YRT/Viva Pay app will not be accepted on the TTC subway. Customers must pay a TTC fare to board the subway.

 

Brampton Transit

Brampton Transit-Züm 501-501A-501C buses continue to service the Keele Campus from the current location— Ian Macdonald Blvd. Route 501 will also service the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station.

Are Brampton Transit Züm buses staying on the Keele Campus?

Yes. Route 501A and 501C - express to Brampton via Highway 407, will continue service on Keele Campus along the Ian Macdonald Boulevard. Route 501 - via Highway 7, will no longer service Keele Campus. 501 Züm will end at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station on Highway 7.

Which subway stations do the 501, 501A/C Züm Queen buses service?

501 Züm Queen services the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
501A/501 C services York University’s Keele Campus at the current Züm stop on Ian Macdonald Boulevard.

Does Züm service the 407 or Pioneer Village Station?

No. Züm does not service the 407 or Pioneer Village Stations.

Where is the 501 Züm Queen stop located at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre?

The 501 Züm Queen stop is located at the YRT VMC Rapidway Station at Highway 7 and Millway Avenue.

Where on the York University Campus is the subway station located? Can I access Züm buses from this station?

The York University Station is located at Ian MacDonald Boulevard and York Boulevard. Route 501A/C Züm buses can be accessed at the Züm stop located on Ian MacDonald Boulevard north of Chimneystack Rd.

Will there be an additional fare to get on the subway when transferring from a Züm bus?

Yes. You must pay an additional fare to get on the TTC subway from a Züm bus.