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Viva Web site reaches finals for national award

- The Viva Web site is in the running for a Canadian New Media Award. It is one
of three finalists in the category, “Excellence in Culture, Lifestyle and
Arts”. These national awards were established five years ago to honour those in
the new media industry for creativity, innovative design and implementation of
interactive digital technologies.

According to the description on the awards Web site, “Viva
York uses multimedia, flash and web technology to create an online experience
that extends the brand, clearly communicates transit in a positive, tech savvy
manner and overall communicates value beyond the graphical layout of the
website… Subtle text effects and motion graphics make the user experience fun
and captivating.”

The Viva Web site was developed by the Toronto-based company
Indusblue Inc. On January 17, 2005 “Favourite Web site Awards (FWA)” named Viva
the Web site of the day. Viva received this prestigious honour after being
selected from hundreds of entries around the globe.

“We set out to create a transit Web site that would
captivate people and draw them back again and again, and we even surpassed our
own expectations,” said Dayton Pereira, Co-founder and Creative Director of
Indusblue. “This attention is especially gratifying because our work is being
recognized by experts and colleagues throughout the industry.”

The Canadian New Media Awards will be handed out on Monday
May 30th in Toronto.
This year’s selection committee is composed of over 100 industry professionals
and leaders from post secondary institutions like the University
of Alberta in Edmonton,
Mohawk College
in Hamilton and Sheridan
College in Oakville.

The Viva rapid transit system is designed with passengers in
mind, offering a service that’s frequent, flexible and comfortable. Rapid
transit vehicles will arrive every five to 10 minutes during peak periods. Viva
stations will be bright and safe with a uniquely modern look.

There will be fare vending machines allowing passengers to
purchase tickets quickly and easily before boarding. When passengers get their
tickets, they will have up to two hours to get on and off Viva to go to the
drug store or the grocery store, without having to pay an additional fare.
There will also be real time information in the stations telling passengers
when the next Viva vehicle will arrive.

Viva will link the Region’s urban centres of Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Aurora and Newmarket along four
major corridors, including Highway 7 and Yonge Street. In addition, Viva will link
York Region with the City of Toronto
and its subway system, to GO Transit, and to the transit systems in the Region
of Peel and eventually into Durham Region.

Viva begins operating in September and will implemented in
stages. When the first phase is fully implemented in 2006, York Region
estimates these initial improvements will lead to a 30 per cent increase in
transit ridership – moving 7,000 car trips a day off the major arterial roads.

For more information on Viva, to visit the Local Leaders’
Gallery or to learn about the Viva Challenge, please visit the Viva Web site
at: To-date more than 60,000 people have visited the Viva Web
site with just under one million hits.

For more information on the Regional Municipality of York,
the services offered and links to the nine area municipalities, please visit
the York Region Web site at:


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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 [...]