Skip navigation

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 for making such a significant funding commitment to public transit in York Region.

“This is great news for all those who live, work and travel through York Region,” said Chair Fisch. “The funding will not only enable us to make the Viva system faster and more convenient, it will help build a seamless transit system and create jobs when we need it most, right now.”

The funding will not only enable us to make the Viva system faster and more convenient, it will help build a seamless transit system. The funding will be used to build rapidways along Highway 7, Yonge Street and across Davis Drive to the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket. Rapidways are special centre lanes reserved exclusively for Viva rapid transit vehicles, allowing them to move effortlessly past traffic congestion. Construction of the rapidways is expected to begin in the fall of this year.

The rapidways are part of VivaNext, a long-term plan for a modern, efficient rapid transit network providing connectivity within York Region and between the City of Toronto and the Regions of Peel and Durham.

VivaNext also includes an 8.6 km extension of the Spadina subway line from Downsview Station in the City of Toronto to Vaughan Corporate Centre in the City of Vaughan and a 6.8 km extension of the Yonge subway line from Finch Station in the City of Toronto to the Richmond Hill Centre in the Town of Richmond Hill.

For more information on vivaNext and York Region Rapid Transit, please visit www.vivayork.com

For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca

Media Contact:
Dale Albers, Chief Communications Officer, York Region Rapid Transit
Phone: 905 886-6767 Ext. 2250 or Cell 416 206-3716
Email: dale.albers@york.ca

newsroom » media releases

filter by month show all

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.
....