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Civil magazine, Winter 2015 issue, January 22, 2016

Evaluating Coloured Asphalt BRT Lanes

The Regional Municipality of York in Ontario and CPATT at the University of Waterloo are working to find innovative and sustainable surface treatments for bus rapid transit lanes.

Vaughan Citizen, January 21, 2016

York Region could be on hook for another $160 million for Spadina subway extension

After having to pitch in an additional $92 million last spring toward the over-budget and delayed extension of the Spadina subway, York Region could now have to contribute another $160 million, according to a TTC report on the project released last Friday. The additional funds are needed to cover a variety of extra costs such as known claim settlements, identified changes in scope that have not been finalized with the contractors, under-estimated budget for the remaining project scope, co-ordination of the work, risk mitigation strategies, litigation management costs and the forecasted cost exposure for unresolved claims and litigation matters.

Globe and Mail, January 14, 2016

Ottawa eyes faster infrastructure spending to revive economy

The Liberal cabinet is looking at fast-tracking infrastructure projects and enacting measures to spur energy-efficiency retrofits of buildings and homes to kick-start an economy beset by collapsing oil prices and a tumbling Canadian dollar.

Newmarket Era, January 11, 2016

Newmarket condo residents seek ramp to access Davis Drive

Patricia Willman had easy access to Davis Drive — now she wants it back. The Newmarket resident has been circulating a petition calling on the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation/vivaNext to rectify a situation she says it created between 250 and 260 Davis several months ago. The corporation replaced a staircase between the buildings, which feeds onto Davis, as part of the $260 million reconstruction project

Toronto Star, December 13, 2015

Liberal government says shovel-ready infrastructure project could get some cash

Canada’s new infrastructure minister says projects that are shovel-ready and meet the Liberal government’s national objectives will get some of the billions in new federal cash being made available. Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi says those big objectives are threefold: grow the economy, create jobs and make the country more sustainable.

Globe and Mail, December 11, 2015

Liberals not scaling back infrastructure plans despite deficit concerns

Liberal pledges of major new infrastructure spending will start to roll out “very soon” and the federal Infrastructure Minister says there is no question of scaling back the $60-billion program over deficit concerns. In an interview with The Globe and Mail at his government office in Ottawa, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the Liberals actually have billions in additional cash to spend because the previous government was slow to devote promised infrastructure money to specific projects. “We are committed to making $60-billion in additional investments over 10 years,” he said.

UrbanToronto.ca, December 10, 2015

Viva’s Davis Drive Rapidway Now Open in Newmarket

Newmarket's Davis Drive has undergone a major transformation in recent years, with the street now reconfigured as a Viva bus rapidway which entered into service on November 29th. Although cosmetic elements of York Region Transit's $261 million project are still taking shape—with widened sidewalks and new plantings expected to be completed by May 2016—the 2.6 kilometre right-of-way provides a significantly faster connection across one of Newmarket's main arterials.
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