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Viva Web site reaches finals for national award

NEWMARKET
- 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: www.vivayork.com. 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: www.york.ca

 

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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 [...]

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 [...]
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