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December 11, 2017

Bus Rapid Transit Segment Opening in Vaughan

Today the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx, Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO of The Regional Municipality of York, Mauricio Bevilacqua, Mayor of the City of Vaughan, and Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of the City of Markham and Chairman of the York Region Rapid Transit Board [...]

November 17, 2017

Toronto-York TTC Subway Extension Set to Open in 30 Days

The new TTC subway extension from Downsview Park Station in Toronto to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre in York Region will open on Dec. 17, just 30 days from today. The new subway extension will provide subway service that moves beyond regional boundaries in Ontario for the very first time [...]

October 07, 2016

Viva Bus Rapid Transit Project Completed in the Town of Newmarket

Today the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation; Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO, The Regional Municipality of York; Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx; and Tony Van Bynen, Mayor of the Town of Newmarket, joined together to celebrate the transformation of Newmarket, with the completion of the bus rapid [...]

October 04, 2016

York Region Transit Facility in York Region Receives LEED Silver Certification

An operations, maintenance and storage facility designed and built by York Region Rapid Transit Corporation [YRRTC] has received LEED Silver certification from the Canada Green Building Council. LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies [...]

August 18, 2016

Canopy over BRT station being installed in the City of Vaughan

VAUGHAN, August 18, 2016 – Today, the first steel supports for a 9.1-metre high and 50-metre long canopy were delivered to support the roof of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre [VMC] – Spadina Subway Station. The station is located along Highway 7, west of Jane Street at Millway Avenue, in the City of Vaughan and is [...]

July 6, 2016

York Region launches campaign in support of the Yonge Subway Extension

Everyone encouraged to sign online petition NEWMARKET, July 5, 2016 – Today, The Regional Municipality of York and York Region Rapid Transit Corporation kicked off a campaign to educate and rally the public in support of the Yonge Subway Extension north to Highway 7 in Richmond Hill. The first phase of the campaign includes the official [...]

May 17, 2016

Viva Bus Rapid Transit Wins Business Support Award from Canadian Urban Transit Association

MARKHAM, May 17, 2016 – York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) has been recognized for communications excellence by the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA). During CUTA’s annual meeting in Halifax, YRRTC won the National Corporate Leadership Award for its business support communications campaign during the construction of Viva dedicated bus rapid transit lanes along Davis Drive in [...]

April 7, 2016

Construction Continues on Viva Bus Rapid Transit Projects in York Region

MARKHAM, April 7, 2016 – With the arrival of spring, vivaNext is ramping up construction activity on the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (vivaNext) rapidways in York Region. Utility companies, construction equipment and crews will be present this year in the City of Vaughan along Highway 7 West, Bathurst Street and Centre Street, in the Town [...]

December 22, 2015

York Viva Bus Rapid Transit Construction – Year in Review

The vision of rapid transit is becoming a reality across York Region MARKHAM, December 22, 2015 – This year, significant progress was made on the implementation of the York Region Viva Bus Rapid Transit [vivaNext]. The Davis Drive rapidway in Newmarket opened in November. This new “Yellow” Viva route travels within dedicated median transit lanes [...]

November 27, 2015

Viva Bus Rapid Transit Service Opens in the Town of Newmarket

NEWMARKET, November 27, 2015 – Ontario, Metrolinx and The Regional Municipality of York announce Sunday’s opening of 2.6 kilometres of bus rapid transit [rapidway] along Davis Drive in the Town of Newmarket, and a park and ride facility at Davis Drive and Highway 404. Service of the new “Yellow” Viva route will begin on Davis [...]

October 29, 2015

York Region Celebrates Markham’s Transformation

MARKHAM, October 29, 2015 – Today the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation; Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO, The Regional Municipality of York; Jack Collins, Chief Capital Officer, Metrolinx; and Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of the City of Markham and Chairman of York Region’s Rapid Transit Corporation board, joined together to celebrate the transformation of Markham, [...]

September 28, 2015

York Viva Bus Rapid Transit Expansion reaches major milestone in York Region

VAUGHAN, September 28, 2015 – Metrolinx and York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) today announced the award of a $333.2 million contract to EDCO to design, build and finance the next phase of the dedicated York Viva Bus Rapid Transit rapidways along the Highway 7 corridor in the City of Vaughan and Town of Richmond [...]

September 18, 2015

Final Paving Begins on Davis Drive as Rapidway Prepares to Open

NEWMARKET, September 16, 2015 – Final paving will begin on Davis Drive in Newmarket next week and will continue intermittently over the next several weeks. The first phase of paving will take place from just west of Yonge Street to just east of Main Street. Once the paving is completed on the west end of [...]

June 2, 2015

Viva Bus Rapid Transit Wins Communications Award from Canadian Urban Transit Association

MARKHAM, June 2, 2015 – York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) won a national award today from the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) for their public relations strategy to commission dedicated bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes (rapidways) as part of the York Viva BRT project being funded by Metrolinx. CUTA’s National Transit Corporate Recognition Award, [...]

April 16, 2015

Construction complete on new transit facility in York Region

RICHMOND HILL, April 16, 2015 - A new transit operations, maintenance and storage facility is complete in the Town of Richmond Hill that will support transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The facility has been built to store and maintain York Region Transit/Viva bus rapid transit vehicles, and is located near Leslie Street and [...]

April 15, 2015

Park and Ride expansion at Davis Drive and Highway 404

NEWMARKET, April 15, 2015 – Construction is starting on a new park and ride lot at Davis Drive and Highway 404 that will make it easier for people to take public transit. The carpool lot, currently located at Davis Drive and Highway 404 and owned by the Ministry of Transportation, will be expanded to become [...]

December 23, 2014

Construction of York Viva Bus Rapid Transit Lanes – Year in Review

Transit users experiencing up to 35 per cent travel time savings on the new rapidways MARKHAM, ON, Dec. 23, 2014 – Construction on the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (vivaNext) rapidways across York Region saw a lot of progress along each corridor this year. On Davis Drive in Newmarket, utilities and telecommunications were relocated in [...]

December 5, 2014

First Viva BRT Station Installed on Davis Drive

NEWMARKET, ON, December 5, 2014 – Together with Metrolinx, The Regional Municipality of York is a step closer to improving rapid transit in Newmarket with the installation of the first vivastation at Longford/Parkside Drive and Davis Drive. The steel canopy structures that comprise the east and westbound platforms are in place and crews will continue to progress over the [...]

November 19, 2014

Tom Taylor Trail re-opens under the Keith Bridge

NEWMARKET, ON, November 19, 2014 – With reconstruction of the Keith Bridge nearing completion, the Tom Taylor Trail has re-opened and has been reinstated back to its original location under the bridge. Highlights: The Keith Bridge in the Town of Newmarket is being reconstructed as part of the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project [...]

September 15, 2014

Highway 7 Viva Bus Rapid Transit Service opens in City of Markham

MARKHAM, ON, Sept. 15, 2014 – Today, the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation; the Honourable Michael Chan, MPP Markham-Unionville; Bill Fisch, Chairman and CEO, The Regional Municipality of York; and Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx, officially marked the opening of the next segment of bus rapid transit (rapidway) that will run in the centre median of [...]

September 10, 2014

Construction Teams Invited to Bid on York Viva Bus Rapid Transit Expansion

YORK REGION, ON, Sept. 9, 2014 – Metrolinx has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to three teams pre-qualified to deliver the next phase of the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (vivaNext) rapidways project in Vaughan and Markham. The expanded vivaNext rapid transit system will make it easy to travel in and around York Region [...]

July 25, 2014

Teams Prequalified For York viva Bus Rapid Transit Expansion

YORK REGION, ON, July 25, 2014 – Metrolinx, The Regional Municipality of York and Infrastructure Ontario have announced the three teams prequalified to design, build and finance the next phase of York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (vivaNext) rapidways in the cities of Vaughan and Markham. Based on a request for qualifications issued in December 2013, [...]

April 24, 2014

Expansion of the CN MacMillan Bridge Underway in the City of Vaughan

VAUGHAN, ON, April 24, 2014 - As part of the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit [vivaNext] rapidway project on Highway 7 West in the City of Vaughan, construction has started on the south side of the Canadian National Railway [CN] MacMillan Bridge, located west of Keele Street. The bridge surface will be widened approximately 8-metres to accommodate [...]

April 22, 2014

Rapid Transit Contract Awarded for Yonge Street in Richmond Hill and Newmarket

RICHMOND HILL, ON, April 22, 2014 - York RapidLINK Constructors has been awarded the $260.5 million contract to design and build the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (vivaNext) rapidways along Yonge Street in the Towns of Richmond Hill and Newmarket, a project that will create thousands of jobs. The project involves widening Yonge Street within [...]

January 30, 2014

Viva Bus Rapid Transit Project Wins Project of the Year Award from Ontario Public Works Association

MARKHAM, ON, Jan. 30, 2014 - York Region Rapid Transit Corporation today received the Project of the Year Award for the Highway 7 Viva Bus Rapid Transit (rapidway) project in The Town of Richmond Hill from the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) for a transportation project valued greater than $50 million. “I am very pleased the vivaNext rapidway project [...]

December 3, 2013

Twin tunnels completed for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension

VAUGHAN, ON, Dec. 3, 2013 – Construction of the twin tunnels is complete for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. The final segment of tunnelling was finished when tunnel boring machine (TBM) “Torkie” broke through the headwall at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station site, finishing the tenth and final tunnel drive for the project. This sets [...]

October 18, 2013

Re-alignment of Parkside Drive in the Town of Newmarket is complete

As part of the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project on Davis Drive in the Town of Newmarket, Parkside Drive has been re-aligned to line up with Longford Drive as a full four-way intersection. The re-alignment eliminated one set of traffic lights and improves overall traffic flow in the area.

August 16, 2013

Highway 7 Viva Bus Rapid Transit Service Opens in York Region

Viva rapid transit service will begin on Sunday August 18 on the centre median, or rapidway, along Highway 7 in Richmond Hill from Bayview Avenue to Highway 404. An additional 3.9 kilometres of rapidway along Highway 7 from Highway 404 to Warden Avenue will open in 2014.

April 26, 2013

Paving of Highway 7 and vivaNext Rapidway Begins

Construction crews are hard at work in the Town of Richmond Hill and City of Markham as significant paving work begins on Highway 7, part of the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (vivaNext) rapidway project that is scheduled to open this summer between Bayview and Highway 404.

March 13, 2013

Next stage of tunnel construction underway for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension

VAUGHAN, ONTARIO – Today at the site of the future Highway 407 Station, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Halton; the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario; the Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure; His Worship Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto; Bill Fisch, Chairman [...]

January 22, 2013

Project Information Centre for Transit Construction Projects Opens in Vaughan

VAUGHAN – A new information centre has opened to the community in the City of Vaughan, to be shared by the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) project, and the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit – Highway 7 West rapidway project. The new office is a place for the community to make enquiries, see project maps, [...]

January 3, 2013

York Region transit facility to be built in Richmond Hill

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Thornhill; Costas Menegakis, Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill; Reza Moridi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Richmond Hill; Dr. Helena Jaczek, Member of Parliament for Oak Ridges-Markham; and David Barrow, Mayor of the Town of Richmond Hill, marked [...]

October 1, 2012

Rapid Transit Contract Awarded for Highway 7 in Vaughan

VAUGHAN, October 1, 2012 – Kiewit-Ellis Don has been awarded the contract to design and build the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit rapidways along Highway 7 West in Vaughan, a project that will create thousands of jobs.  The project involves widening the highway to accommodate a 3.5-kilometre extension of the Highway 7 West rapidway from [...]

September 14, 2012

Paving begins on the Highway 7 vivaNext rapidway

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO, 2012 – Construction crews are hard at work this fall in Richmond Hill and Markham as paving commences on Highway 7 as part of the vivaNext rapidway construction – dedicated bus rapid transit lanes in the centre of the road. Nightly base paving is scheduled to begin September 17 and continue until [...]

June 22, 2012

VivaNext rapidway construction resumes in Newmarket with intention to minimize disruptions

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO, June 2012 – Construction activity enters high gear on the vivaNext Davis Drive rapidway project in Newmarket today. A significant number of utility companies, construction equipment and workers will be present along the corridor until the project is completed in 2014. Power, gas, sewer, telecommunications and retaining walls will all be relocated to [...]

June 21, 2012

Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension first twin tunnels section completed

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2012 – The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Vaughan; along with His Worship Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto; York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch; and Toronto Transit Commission Chair Karen Stintz, today participated in an event to mark the completion of the first 1.6 [...]

December 19, 2011

Highway 7 intersections take on new format

MARKHAM, ONTARIO, 2011 – Intersections along Highway 7 East in Richmond Hill and Markham will start changing tonight as the roadway is being widened to facilitate the York Region Bus Rapid Transit (vivaNext rapidways) project. These changes are part of the next phase of construction, providing workers sufficient room to start building the rapidway, station [...]

August 31, 2011

Project Information Offices Opening in York Region

MARKHAM, ONTARIO, 2011 – Two new information offices in Markham and Newmarket will help residents stay informed about progress on the York Region Bus Rapid Transit (vivaNext rapidways) project. The first office opens Tuesday, September 6, at the corner of South Park Road and Highway 7 in the Town of Markham. The second – at [...]

June 17, 2011

Tunnel boring for Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension begins

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2011 – The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment; along with the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation; His Worship Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto; York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch; and Toronto Transit Commission Chair Karen Stintz, today participated in an event to officially start tunnel boring construction for [...]

June 14, 2011

Public transit ridership way up in York Region

MARKHAM, ONTARIO, 2011 – The Regional Municipality of York reports that Viva ridership has increased 26 per cent since launched in September 2005. From January to April 2011, overall ridership for both York Region Transit (YRT) and York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) services increased 10.5 per cent when compared to the same period in [...]

March 10, 2011

First Viva BRT station now open in York Region

MARKHAM, ONTARIO, 2011 – Together with Metrolinx, The Regional Municipality of York is making progress on improving rapid transit with the opening of its first bus rapid transit (BRT) station (vivastation). Warden Station, located at Warden Avenue and Enterprise Boulevard in Markham, is the first of 11 new vivastations to be built along Highway 7 [...]

January 24, 2011

Metrolinx and York Region deliver $250 million in rapid transit expansion

MARKHAM, ONTARIO, 2011 – Metrolinx and The Regional Municipality of York announced today the award of nearly $250 million for two design/build contracts for early construction work on York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) dedicated rapidway lanes, part of York Region’s vivaNext rapid transit plan. “By continuing to make progress on delivering these important infrastructure [...]

November 10, 2010

Government partnership celebrates unveiling of new Viva bus rapid transit vehicles for York Region

MARKHAM, ONTARIO, 2010 – New vehicles for York Region’s Viva bus rapid transit (BRT) were unveiled today on a segment of newly constructed rapidway along Enterprise Drive in Markham, Ontario. Lois Brown, Member of Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora, along with Michael Chan, Member of Provincial Parliament for Markham-Unionville, York Region chairman and CEO Bill Fisch, and [...]

June 3, 2010

Construction Resumes on Viva Rapid Transit Lanes

MARKHAM, June 2, 2010 – Metrolinx and York Region today announced the continuation of construction of the Viva rapid transit lanes (rapidways) along Enterprise Drive in Markham, since work stopped for the winter season. The construction of the rapidways, which began in October 2009, is expected to be completed by November 2010, bringing commuters one [...]

May 25, 2010

YRTViva ridership soars in 2010

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is witnessing impressive gains in 2010 York Region Transit (YRT)Viva ridership. Year-over-year growth from 2009 to 2010 shows an average gain of 7.5 percent from January to March. “York Region continued to invest in growing and improving YRTViva services throughout the difficult economic climate over the past few [...]

May 19, 2010

Metrolinx proposes new funding schedule

Metrolinx today presented a new funding schedule to their Board of Directors for The Regional Municipality of York vivaNext projects originally funded in April 2009.  Under the proposed new schedule, York Region will receive $790 million from Metrolinx for projects to be constructed over the next five years, and $965 million for projects to be [...]

January 6, 2010

Viva named most innovative transit system in North America

American Public Transportation Association awards Viva with 2006 Innovation Award NEWMARKET – Viva Rapid Transit has been named the most innovative transit organization in North America by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for its pioneering public-private partnership and its agility in getting from vision to reality quickly. This is the first time a Canadian transit system has [...]

January 6, 2010

Viva Rapid Transit passengers can now think “Pink”

NEWMARKET - The first workday of 2006 marks the opening of the fourth stage of the Viva Rapid Transit service. The Pink Line began operating today, providing a new week-day peak period service along Yonge Street and Highway 7 from Finch Station to Unionville Station. It will run from 5:45 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. and [...]

January 6, 2010

Viva Rapid Transit awarded Environment Impact Award

CPEX recognizes York Region for reduced congestion and improved quality of life NEWMARKET - Viva Rapid Transit has received the Canadian Project Excellence Awards (CPEX) 2006 Environmental Impact Award, as Viva is recognized not just for getting people to their destinations faster but also improving our environment and our quality of life. “It is indeed [...]

January 6, 2010

Viva Rapid Transit receives the Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Award

AMO recognizes the Regional Municipality of York for managing growth with efficiency NEWMARKET - Viva Rapid Transit has received the Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Award from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) for combining sound planning with new technology to manage future growth and promote better traffic flow. The award was accepted by [...]

January 6, 2010

Viva Web site reaches finals for national award

NEWMARKET - The Viva Web site is in the running for a Canadian New Media Award. It is one of three finalists in the category, “Excellence in Culture, Lifestyle and Arts”. These national awards were established five years ago to honour those in the new media industry for creativity, innovative design and implementation of interactive [...]

January 6, 2010

York Region Viva rapid transit fleet expanding

NEWMARKET - The fleet of Viva rapid transit vehicles is expanding to keep pace with the steady growth in ridership. Today, York Regional Council approved the purchase of five additional Viva 60-foot articulated vehicles from the award winning Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool. These vehicles will be available for service beginning in 2007. “The fact [...]

January 6, 2010

Region Applauds Transit Funding

York Region to benefit from Yonge Street subway extension and Viva expansion projects NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will benefit from an announcement today by Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Government of Ontario to pledge $17.5 billion to expand rapid transit across the GTA as part of the MoveOntario 2020 Plan. The plan [...]

December 14, 2009

Viva Rapid Transit Construction Underway

McGuinty Government and Partners Adding More Transit In York Region Construction is underway on 35.8 kilometres of dedicated bus lanes in York Region that will provide faster, more reliable service to commuters. It is estimated that 11,000 jobs will be created with the construction of this $1.4-billion York Viva Rapidway, funded by the province. The [...]

November 27, 2009

Toronto-York Spadina subway extension moves forward

TORONTO — Construction is now underway on a new link that will connect the future Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) mainline to the existing Wilson Subway Yard and expand yard storage facilities. The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Canada’s Minister of Finance; the Honourable Jim Bradley, Ontario Transportation Minister; His Worship David Miller, Mayor of Toronto; Toronto [...]

May 4, 2009

Environmental process finished for Yonge subway extension

NEWMARKET – A Statement of Completion was filed today with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment regarding the proposed Yonge subway extension, becoming the first project in Ontario to be evaluated using the streamlined, transit-specific environmental assessment process called the Transit Project Assessment Process. Last month, Ontario Minister of the Environment John Gerretsen approved the [...]

May 1, 2009

Planning for the future of Newmarket

By Tony Van Bynen, Mayor, Town of Newmarket If there’s one constant in life it’s change. The world is forever evolving; individuals, families, technology and yes, municipalities like the Town of Newmarket. Over a period of six years more than 10,000 new people are calling Newmarket ‘home.’ While our Town is expanding, so is Newmarket’s [...]

April 13, 2009

Ontario Budget provides good news for public transit

NEWMARKET – The Ontario Budget released today at Queen’s Park commits more than $3 billion over the next two years for public transit initiatives across the Province. The Regional Municipality of York applauds the Ontario Government for making such a significant funding commitment to public transit. “By supporting public transit, the province will help create [...]

April 3, 2009

Government of Ontario fuels Viva with $1.4 billion funding

NEWMARKET — Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was joined today by York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch to announce that the Government of Ontario will be providing $1.4 billion over the next five years to fund the expansion of Viva rapid transit. During an event held at the Caldari Operations Centre in Vaughan, Chairman Fisch applauded the Ontario Government [...]

March 27, 2009

Construction underway to support future Viva rapidway

Construction underway to support future Viva rapidway along Enterprise Boulevard in Town of Markham NEWMARKET — The shovels are in the ground marking the early stages of vivaNext, the plan that will deliver the next generation of rapid transit to York Region and save people time. Today, over 400 metres of storm sewer lines, including [...]

March 27, 2009

Public Embraced VivaNext in 2008

By Mary-Frances Turner, V.P. York Region Rapid Transit Corporation They came by the hundreds to see the rapid transit system of the future. People of all ages, from communities across Toronto and York Region, attended a series of public meetings and workshops throughout 2008. They watched presentations, reviewed engineering plans and, most importantly, asked questions [...]

March 9, 2009

Environmental Project Review completed

Environmental Project Review completed for Yonge subway extension into York Region NEWMARKET — The Regional Municipality of York, in partnership with the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), have completed an Environmental Project Review of the Yonge subway extension from Finch Station in the City of [...]
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