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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 2010. If this trend continues, YRT/Viva will surpass 21 million riders in 2011.

“We are pleased that so many people in York Region continue to choose public transit,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “The consistent and considerable increase in ridership over the years is a testament to the progress we have made to improve public transit, attract new riders and shape our growing communities.”

Last month, Metrolinx, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) and The Regional Municipality of York formalized an agreement that provides funding and guides the construction and implementation of the $1.4 billion York Viva bus rapid transit system.

“We know that when we make significant and consistent investments in public transit that produce convenient, comfortable and cost-effective travel options, more people will choose transit as an alternative to driving,” said Metrolinx President and CEO, Bruce McCuaig. “We are working very hard at Metrolinx to transform the transportation system for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and we are pleased to have this partnership with York Region to fulfill a shared goal to expand and enhance the liveability of the communities served by public transit.”

Because bus rapid transit lanes or ‘rapidways’ are dedicated lanes in the centre of the road, they allow Viva transit vehicles to avoid congestion and maintain even faster, more consistent travel times.

On behalf of Metrolinx, York Region will manage the design, construction and community outreach, and will also oversee all day-to-day operations, routine maintenance decision-making and delivery of service. Metrolinx will be responsible for asset preservation and replacement decision making and funding.

Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, provides leadership in the coordination, financing and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). A seamless, integrated regional transit network with a focus on public transit means people and businesses will be able to move more easily across the GTHA, making cities more liveable and the economy stronger, while protecting the environment. For more information, go to

York Region’s vivaNext plan is a key component of the vision outlined by Ontario’s Places to Grow Act, which aims to manage growth in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way that enriches communities. For more information about the vivaNext plan, please visit


Dale Albers
York Region Rapid Transit Corporation
905-886-6767, ext. 1020

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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 [...]

July 21, 2015

New transit facility open for service in York Region

RICHMOND HILL, ON, July 21, 2015 – Today, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill; the Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and MPP for Richmond Hill; [...]

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 [...]