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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 manholes and catch basins, are being installed along Enterprise Boulevard in the Town of Markham. This $500,000 project east of Warden Avenue is the initial stage in building a Viva rapidway — dedicated lanes that will take Viva out of congested traffic. Construction will take place over the next several weeks, but traffic impact in the area will be minimal as most work will occur north of the existing traffic lanes.

The project is part of Metrolinx’s plan to improve and integrate public transit for people in York Region and across the GTA.

“The McGuinty government has committed $52 million to make this phase of VivaNext a reality,” said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley. “The project is part of Metrolinx’s plan to improve and integrate public transit for people in York Region and across the GTA.”

Viva Phase 1 rapid transit runs today in mixed traffic in four key corridors. VivaNext, the next generation of
Viva, will put the rapid into rapid transit. VivaNext includes the construction of 70 kilometres of surface rapid transit in these same corridors, integrated with the extension of the Yonge and Spadina subway lines north to the Vaughan Corporate Centre and Richmond Hill Centre. VivaNext will help connect communities, save people time and manage growth.

“The progress we are seeing today is modest, but historic,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “This marks the beginning of construction of the next stage of the Viva rapid transit system. We are building a modern transit system to ensure we keep pace with the tremendous growth in York Region and preserve the quality of
life people have come to expect.”

“The Town of Markham is focused on putting intensification where rapid transit is proposed,” said Town of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Markham Centre reflects our early adoption of new urbanism principles, and developing transit links to move people from cars into efficient rapid transit, particularly through the east-west transportation corridor.”

The Viva rapid transit system began operating in September 2005 in four key corridors. Since its launch, overall transit boardings have increased by approximately 57 per cent. It has also been the catalyst for millions of square feet of mixed-use, transit oriented development along the Viva routes.

For more information on vivaNext and York Region Rapid Transit, please visit

For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit

Media Contact: Dale Albers, Chief Communications Officer, York Region Rapid Transit
Phone: 905 886-6767, ext. 2250 or Cell: 416 206-3716

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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.

April 8, 2013

Construction of Viva Bus Rapid Transit Lanes in York Region Enters High Gear

MARKHAM, April 8, 2013 – Construction activity enters high gear on the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (vivaNext) rapidways in York Region this year. A significant number of utility companies, construction equipment and workers will be present along the Hwy. 7 and Davis Drive corridors throughout 2013. Power, gas, sewer and telecommunications lines and retaining [...]