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York Region Viva rapid transit fleet expanding

NEWMARKET
- The fleet of Viva rapid transit vehicles is expanding to keep pace with the
steady growth in ridership. Today, York Regional Council approved the purchase
of five additional Viva 60-foot articulated vehicles from the award winning
Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool. These vehicles will be available for service
beginning in 2007.

“The fact we need additional vehicles is a tribute to the
excellent service Viva is providing throughout our Region,” said York Regional
Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. “Commuters are using both Viva and York Region
Transit (YRT) in growing numbers, and are finding tremendous value in our
frequent and comfortable service.”

The total cost of the vehicles is $3,882,793, plus
applicable taxes. Regional Council is seeking to cost share the purchase with
the senior levels of government, possibly through the Ontario Transit Vehicles
Program and York Region’s portion of the Federal Gas Tax.

“This is a worthwhile long-term investment that will improve
service and eventually lead to a reduction in traffic congestion and improved
air quality throughout the Region,” said Township of King Mayor
Margaret Black, Chair of the Region’s Transit
Committee. “The growth in ridership over the past few months has been
tremendous, but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. I encourage everyone
to park their keys and give Viva a try.”

Due to increased ridership and congestion growth on Yonge Street, the
Viva Blue Line is quickly reaching capacity. Between September 2005 and
December 2005, Viva and YRT experienced an increase in the number of boardings
on Yonge Street
of more than 33 per cent. The increase in the number of boardings in the system
overall was more than 21 per cent.

The boarding numbers for the entire Viva/YRT system are as
follows:

September

2004 – 1,461,789

2005 – 1,747,262

% Change – +19.5%

October

2004 – 1,400,554

2005 – 1,688,958

% Change – +19.2%

November

2004 – 1,511,648

2005 – 1,853,355

% Change – +21.4%

December

2004 – 1,355,823

2005 – 1,691,703

% Change – +24.8%

Total

2004 – 5,729,814

2005 – 6,943,278

% Change – +21.2%

During the first four months of operation, midday boardings
(between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.) on the Viva Blue Line have grown
significantly. During a midday trip from Newmarket to the Finch station along
Yonge Street, people are now getting on and getting off each Viva vehicle an
average of 81.6 times.

“The large number of people getting on Viva midday is the
result of our two-hour hop on, hop off policy,” added Chairman Fisch. “People
are using transit to go out for a quick lunch or run a few errands. It’s
innovations like these that are attracting a whole new generation of riders.”

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.

Frequency is the hallmark of Viva with rapid transit
vehicles arriving every five to 12 minutes during peak periods. New fare
vending machines, located at all Viva stations and terminals, sell tickets that
can be used on both Viva and YRT with no increase in price. Viva also provides
real time information so passengers know exactly when the next vehicle is
departing.

This is the first of three Phases in a 20-year transit
expansion plan. In Phase Two, 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.

“Viva is a tremendous rapid transit service that will
benefit people in York Region and throughout the GTA for generations to come,”
said Chairman Fisch. “Although this initial phase offers passengers a package
of innovative rapid transit elements, Phase Two of Viva will truly put the
“Rapid” in rapid transit.”

For more information on YRT routes and fares, visit the York
Region Transit Web site at www.yrt.ca or call toll-free at 1-866-MOVE-YRT
(668-3978).

For TTC routes, please visit the TTC website at www.ttc.ca
or call 416-393-INFO (4636).

For live transit updates with reporter Rebekah Murdoch, tune
in to A-Channel weekday mornings between 6:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m.

 

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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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