Skip navigation

VivaNext advances in Newmarket – launches retrieval project with Habitat for Humanity York Region

NEWMARKET, June 8, 2010 – Habitat for Humanity York Region joined officials today from Metrolinx, The Regional Municipality of York and the Town of Newmarket to recover materials from 21 buildings slated for demolition along Davis Drive in preparation for improvements along this busy corridor – including Viva rapid transit lanes (rapidways). This effort will help to ensure that at least 85 per cent of the building materials are recycled or reused and diverted from landfill.

The recovered materials, such as sinks, cupboards, countertops and lumber, will be brought to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore locations in Newmarket and Vaughan where the items will be sold. Money generated by the sale of the recovered materials will assist Habitat for Humanity York Region, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada, a national, non-profit organization, with their goal to build four homes in York Region by the end of this year.

“We’re helping each other, supporting the community and protecting the environment – it doesn’t get much better than that,” said Nancy Van Kessel, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity York Region. “We appreciate the opportunity to recover perfectly good materials because they’ll go right back into the community through our ReStore outlets, which then helps us fund construction of new homes for needy families in the community.”

“This transformation will benefit generations to come – creating more travel choices, more jobs, and less urban sprawl,” said Leslie Woo, Vice President of Policy and Planning at Metrolinx. “Investing in transit now helps strengthen our economy, our communities and our environment.” 

“The rapidways will help transform this main corridor while protecting surrounding neighbourhoods,” said Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen. “Welcoming boulevards, attractive residential areas, an energized atmosphere and more choices on how to get around – we’re really looking forward to the future.”

The Davis Drive rapidways will be built from Yonge Street to Huron Heights Drive, just east of Southlake Hospital, where Viva will then transition back into mixed traffic for the remainder of the route to Highway 404.

This project is being funded through Metrolinx, the agency appointed by the Province of Ontario to oversee transit expansion in the Greater Toronto Area. Read about Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan, The Big Move.
York Region’s vivaNext plan is a key component of the vision outlined by Ontario’s Places to Grow Act, which aims to manage growth in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way that enriches communities. For more information about the vivaNext plan and to sign up for specific project updates, please visit

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in York Region, please visit


Dale Albers                        
York Region Rapid Transit Corporation        
Cell: 416-206-3716       

newsroom » media releases

filter by month show all

July 21, 2015

New transit facility open for service in York Region

RICHMOND HILL, ON, July 21, 2015 – Today, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill; the Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and MPP for Richmond Hill; [...]

June 2, 2015

Viva Bus Rapid Transit Wins Communications Award from Canadian Urban Transit Association

MARKHAM, June 2, 2015 – York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) won a national award today from the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) for their public relations strategy to commission dedicated bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes (rapidways) as part of the York Viva BRT project being funded by Metrolinx. CUTA’s National Transit Corporate Recognition Award, [...]

April 16, 2015

Construction complete on new transit facility in York Region

RICHMOND HILL, April 16, 2015 - A new transit operations, maintenance and storage facility is complete in the Town of Richmond Hill that will support transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The facility has been built to store and maintain York Region Transit/Viva bus rapid transit vehicles, and is located near Leslie Street and [...]

April 15, 2015

Park and Ride expansion at Davis Drive and Highway 404

NEWMARKET, April 15, 2015 – Construction is starting on a new park and ride lot at Davis Drive and Highway 404 that will make it easier for people to take public transit. The carpool lot, currently located at Davis Drive and Highway 404 and owned by the Ministry of Transportation, will be expanded to become [...]

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 [...]