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Viva Rapid Transit Construction Underway

McGuinty Government and Partners Adding More Transit In York Region

Construction
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
province.

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.

QUOTES

“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
CEO

“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,
Metrolinx

“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

 

QUICK FACTS

  • 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.

LEARN MORE

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

Get more information
on vivaNext.

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

Bob
Nichols, Communications Branch, 416-327-1158

Jacquie Menezes, Metrolinx,
416-874-5923

Dale Albers, York Region Rapid
Transit,  905- 886-6767, ext. 1020 or cell:
416-206-3716

 

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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 [...]

March 13, 2013

Next stage of tunnel construction underway for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension

VAUGHAN, ONTARIO – Today at the site of the future Highway 407 Station, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Halton; the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario; the Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure; His Worship Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto; Bill Fisch, Chairman [...]

January 22, 2013

Project Information Centre for Transit Construction Projects Opens in Vaughan

VAUGHAN – A new information centre has opened to the community in the City of Vaughan, to be shared by the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) project, and the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit – Highway 7 West rapidway project. The new office is a place for the community to make enquiries, see project maps, [...]

January 3, 2013

York Region transit facility to be built in Richmond Hill

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Thornhill; Costas Menegakis, Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill; Reza Moridi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Richmond Hill; Dr. Helena Jaczek, Member of Parliament for Oak Ridges-Markham; and David Barrow, Mayor of the Town of Richmond Hill, marked [...]
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