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It might not be pretty, but the VivaNext bus rapidway construction occurring on Hwy. 7 through Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill and along Davis Drive in Newmarket is a case of short-term pain for long-term gain.
Calling transportation the number one challenge facing York Region, council established a task force in May to tackle the issue. Meanwhile, with gridlock costing the economy of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area $11 billion a year, the provincial and federal governments are pouring historic levels of funding into transportation infrastructure.
Metrolinx has recommended moving ahead with plans to build the Yonge Street subway north to Richmond Hill, a step heralded by councillors from York’s southern municipalities. “This is an important moment for both this project and transit development in the GTA,” said Vaughan Councillor Alan Shefman.
Vaughan's long-awaited hospital project is finally coming to fruition. The city announced last week that it has struck a deal that will allow Infrastructure Ontario to begin to receive proposals for construction of the new hospital in the next few weeks.
In a move that could create hundreds of skilled-trade apprenticeships and construction jobs in priority neighbourhoods, Queen’s Park is poised to enact legislation this week that will require contractors to hire apprentices and develop local recruitment programs if they want to bid on large infrastructure contracts, such as transit projects.
Subterranean London is a crowded environment, home to a tangled tapestry of tunnels, sewers, foundations, power lines and abandoned stations that excite archaeologists and send a shiver down the spine of anyone who has to actually build anything down there. Which makes it all the more remarkable that engineers have managed to construct 26 miles of fresh tunnels for the underground section of one of the world’s biggest engineering schemes: London’s showcase public transport project, Crossrail.
An annual list of the best places to live in Canada keeps adding fuel to the friendly rivalry between Newmarket and Aurora. This year, Newmarket ranked as the best place to live in York Region, according to MoneySense magazine, placing 23rd in Canada out of 209 communities listed.
Six months after municipal politicians got an earful from voters fed up with the impact of traffic congestion on their lives, York Region has launched a transportation task force. “Transportation has been the biggest issue (facing the region),” regional chairperson Wayne Emmerson said after the task force’s inaugural meeting Thursday afternoon.
The flight from suburban cores to the fringes of bedroom communities creates a mass transit mismatch.
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are like car insurance, says Infrastructure Ontario CEO Bert Clark. It costs more up front but when things go wrong you don’t have to worry about paying for the repairs.