Friday, March 16, 2007

Understanding Viva


I can't remember the last time I skipped a post during the week. Unfortunately, I have been swamped with lots of projects. Therefore, yesterday's blog entry had to be sacrificed.

Anyway, I've been thinking about York Region Transit's Viva service.

Viva is the rapid transit services and tends to have longer routes. It was designed to cover anything north of Steeles Avenue. There are five routes: blue, pink, green, yellow and purple. However, there is just one problem: all the buses are all blue.

If you have never used Viva and were told to take the "pink bus," you're going to be in a little trouble. Unless, of course, you notice the electronic sign on the top of the bus. Still, you have to think that there will continue to be situations where people miss the bus because they were looking for pink bus, a green bus, a yellow bus, or a purple bus.

Maybe it would be easier if instead of colours, the routes used names or numbers. The Blue route could be 500, Pink would be 510, Green would be 520, Yellow would be 530, and purple would be 540; or, Blue could be "Viva Yonge" (travels up and down Yonge St.), Pink could be "Viva Finch-Unionvile" (travels between the Finch TTC station and Unionville GO Station), Green could be "Viva Seneca" (travels between Markville Mall in Markham and the Don Mills TTC station, while stopping at Senaca's Newham campus), Yellow could be "Viva Vaughn-York" (travels from Vaughn to York University), and Purple could be "Viva York" (Vaughn - York University - Markville Mall).

Maybe it's my ego talking, but I feel this plan is foolproof.

Regardless, I'm sure there's a logical explanation as to why the routes were named after colours, even though all the buses are blue. At least, I hope there is.

The Hek

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