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York Region launches to keep people informed about rapid transit projects

Residents throughout The
Regional Municipality of York can get a glimpse of the rapid transit system of
the future without ever leaving the comfort of their homes. The new
interactive website is part of a larger public campaign to build an
understanding of vivaNext projects and to provide continuous updates related to
its construction.

“ is
more than a depository of technical transit information; it’s a way for people
to view the exciting new future of rapid transit in York Region,” said York
Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  ”This
new website is truly impressive, offering people an interactive, multi-media
experience that is educational and engaging.”

Like its predecessor, pushes the limits of
standard web design with rich functionality and integrated video content.  The site provides the latest information on
station and canopy design, community events and detailed technical
presentations.  In the coming weeks, it
will also provide an interactive system map showing the progress of
construction, along with a video animation that brings the future of Viva rapid
transit to life.  

The vivaNext website offers a search tool and a state-of-the-art media room
with current news releases, articles and downloadable graphics and photos.  One of the most significant features of the
new site is the integration of social media through blogs, Twitter and YouTube.

“Rapid transit construction projects will get underway this fall,” said
Chairman Fisch.  ”It’s important that
people can easily get the information they seek and have their questions
answered.  Integrating social media with
this website just makes it that much easier and faster for people.”

In addition to the new website, staff will be attending community events
to share information and answer questions.  A Community Liaison Specialist will also be
available to meet with businesses and property owners within the construction
zones.  Advertising and home mailers will
also be used to convey details of the vivaNext plan, provide project updates
and indicate how the project team can be contacted.

York Regional Council has approved the
issue of a contract to York Consortium 2002 for the amount of $900,000 approved
in the 2009 budget for promotion and education activities to increase awareness
of VivaNext.

VivaNext is a forward-looking plan for a fast, convenient rapid transit
network. It will provide connectivity between neighbouring municipalities, the
City of Toronto and the Regions of Peel and Durham.

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Media Contact:          Dale
Albers, Chief Communications Officer, York
Region Rapid Transit

Phone: 905
886-6767 Ext. 2250 or Cell 416 206-3716



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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.