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Viva Rapid Transit Construction Underway

McGuinty Government and Partners Adding More Transit In York Region

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

The first section will
be ready in 2010 with full service available by the end of 2013.  The
system will include stations at key destinations throughout the
region. Many stations will also serve as transit hubs where passengers can make
fast and easy connections to the TTC subway system, GO Transit commuter rail
and express buses, York Rapid Transit local bus services, and other transit
systems operating in neighbouring regions.

As part of the
integrated regional transit network, Viva is also scheduled to introduce the Presto fare card in 2011.


“The McGuinty government is working with Viva to
bring excellent public transit service to York Region. The grading for the bus
rapidway we see here today in Markham
is the first step in delivering fast, reliable transit service to the people of
York Region.”

– Jim Bradley, Transportation Minister

“This construction phase is
truly significant, as it marks the beginning of a new stage of rapid transit in
York Region. Together with the Government of Ontario, we are building a modern
transit system to ensure we keep pace with the planned growth in York Region
and preserve the quality of life our residents have come to expect.”

– Bill Fisch, York Region Chairman and

“Metrolinx is pleased to be partnering with
York Region to provide improved customer service that will offer travelers a
faster, more convenient rapid transit network. Constructing this vital project
will create increased transportation choices for citizens, reduce congestion,
provide opportunities for regional business growth and improve the environment.
This project is another important step in realizing the full possibilities of The Big Move, our regional
transportation plan.”

– Rob Prichard, President and CEO,

“This is
great news for the people of York Region and the GTA. The project signals the
start of a faster, more convenient rapid transit network that will enable
people to get around more easily, improve the ability of our businesses to grow
and succeed and help improve the environment.”

- Michael
Chan, MPP, Markham-Unionville



  • Rapidways are separate centre lanes
    that will allow Viva buses to travel freely no matter how much traffic is using
    the conventional roadway.
  • Metrolinx estimates 11,000 jobs will be created with the
    construction of the York Viva Rapidways.
  • This is one of the priority projects
    in The Big Move, the Metrolinx Regional
    Transportation Plan.
  • Since
    Viva rapid transit was launched in September of 2005, total transit vehicle boardings have increased
    by 44 per cent, and have been the catalyst for millions of square-feet of
    mixed-use, transit-oriented development.
  • Since 2003, the province has
    committed more than $694 million in public transit funding to York Region,
    including $105.6 million for earlier Viva projects.


Read about Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation
Plan, The Big Move

Get more information
on vivaNext.

Lippa-Gasparro, Minister’s Office, 416-327-1815

Nichols, Communications Branch, 416-327-1158

Jacquie Menezes, Metrolinx,

Dale Albers, York Region Rapid
Transit,  905- 886-6767, ext. 1020 or cell:


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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 [...]