Bus & Train
The town of Markham Ontario has grown quite a bit over the years and public transportation has been challenged with keeping up with the demand. Traffic congestion around the GTA is quite noticeable but the town of Markham is quite aware and planning rapid transit options for the future. An integrated transit system across Markham and the GTA is in place and includes such items as extended the Yonge subways line to Hwy 7, VIVA and/or GO centre to centre service and HOV lanes.
The local bus routes around Markham, Unionville, Stouffville and surrounding areas are know as “York Region Transit” YRT and VIVA. The fares work on a “zone” system and a single adult fare will cost you between $3.25 and $4.25. Discounted rates are available for children, students, seniors, 10 tickets and monthly passes. Certain “express” routes are also available during rush periods for an extra 50 cents. You can also connect from this service to the GO transit system for 50 cents.
The transit system just South of Markham is known as the TTC and works on it own separate fare system. However, the TTC does have 14 buses that operate in York Region connecting passengers with subway stations without any additional fees.
The GO Transit system provides transportation via trains and buses. In Markham, there is one major route which provides passengers with an easy way to get from Stouffville to downtown Toronto which avoiding traffic. The GO system has four major stations in Markham: Milliken, Unionville, Centennial, Markham and Mt. Joy in Greensborough. There is also a separate station in Stouffville.
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Some of the major road ways in Markham include Hwy 7, Hwy 48 (Known as Markham rd. or Main street South of Major Mackenzie), 16th avenue, McCowan and 9th Line. Hwy 404 serves as a major route to get downtown and Hwy 407 is toll route which will take you East/West.
The town of Markham is a bike friendly community with nearly 400 km of dedicated bike paths for cyclists. The project is still underway but you will currently find major paths along Castlemore Avenue and Carlton Road.
The major airport that services Markham residents is Toronto Pearson International Airport located at the west end of the city. Travellers can also us Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, a smaller airport mostly serviced by Porter Airlines located by the Toronto Harbour. Markham also has a smaller airport know as Buttonville Airport located on 16th avenue just west of Woodbine avenue. This Airport is privately owned and the license expires in 2010 and there is good possibility that the airport could be shut down.
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