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Viva Rapid Transit receives the Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Award

AMO recognizes the Regional Municipality of York for
managing growth with efficiency

- Viva Rapid Transit has received the Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation
Award from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) for combining
sound planning with new technology to manage future growth and promote better
traffic flow.

The award was accepted by York Regional Chair and CEO Bill
Fisch, who is also President of the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation, at
the 2006 Annual AMO Conference in Ottawa
on August 15th.

“One of our greatest challenges in York Region is congestion
and Viva Rapid Transit already is making a huge difference that will be
sustainable for years to come,” said Chair Fisch. “Viva is making it possible
for people to leave their cars at home, which also creates a positive impact on
the air we breathe.”

The Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Award recognizes
municipal governments that demonstrate excellence in the use of innovative
approaches to improve capital and/or operating efficiency, and to generate
effectiveness through alternative service delivery initiatives and

“The vision for Viva Rapid Transit includes more than just
shorter commutes to work,” said Town of Richmond
Hill Mayor Bill Bell, Vice Chair of the Region’s Rapid
Transit Committee. “One of Viva’s primary goals is to become the infrastructure
backbone supporting the development of transit villages where people can live
and work without always using their vehicle.”

According to AMO, York Region’s Viva Rapid Transit is a
model for the management of growing commuter needs, efficient implementation
and better environmental protection.

Viva links the Region’s urban centres of Markham,
Richmond Hill, Vaughan,
Aurora and Newmarket.
In addition, Viva links York Region with the City of Toronto and its subway system, GO Transit,
the Region of Peel and eventually with Durham Region.

Viva is the first public-private partnership of its kind in Canada for a
major transportation infrastructure program. York Region partnered with York
Consortium, an association of seven private sector firms that bring extensive
international experience in transit design, architecture, construction and

Viva is in its first of three phases in a 20-year transit
expansion plan. The first phase was implemented quickly and efficiently, going
from vision to reality in three years. The project delivery method was on time
and on budget. Within four months in early 2005, total transit boardings along
the Yonge Street
corridor were running 34 per cent ahead of the previous year. Ridership on both
Viva and York Region Transit (YRT) continues to increase steadily and is up 10
per cent in 2006 alone.

In Phase 2, the Region will build dedicated transit lanes
separating the Viva vehicles from mixed traffic. If funding is secured and the
environmental assessments approved, construction could begin as early as 2007.

Named in honour of one of Ontario’s
youngest and most innovative municipal finance commissioners, the Peter J.
Marshall Award is an annual competitive process, with submissions by Ontario municipalities
that are judged on their creativity and success in implementing new, innovative
ways of serving the public.

The Innovation Award’s objective is to showcase instances
where Ontario
municipalities can point to tangible outcomes from new, more cost effective
ways of providing public services and facilities. By awarding and profiling
innovation, AMO continues to advance creativity and strong municipal

For more information on the Regional Municipality of York
and our services, please visit

Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications, York Region

Phone: (905) 830-4444 Ext. 1238



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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 [...]