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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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January 11, 2017

Bus terminal to be built in Vaughan for York Region Transit

VAUGHAN, January 11, 2017 – Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Steven Del Duca Ontario Minister of Transportation and MPP for Vaughan; Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO of York Region, and the Honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor of the City of Vaughan, marked [...]

October 7, 2016

Viva Bus Rapid Transit Project Completed in the Town of Newmarket

NEWMARKET, October 7, 2016 – 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 4, 2016

York Region Transit Facility in York Region Receives LEED Silver Certification

RICHMOND HILL, October 4, 2016 – 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, [...]