York Viva BRTs

May. 31, 2017

It's all of those things — and none - Steve Russell / Toronto Star

May. 31, 2017
Good intentions, bad design make Hwy. 7 a jumble of contradictions: Hume

The redesigned Highway 7 in Markham was remade to accommodate a variety of new users as well as a full complement of cars. For a traffic engineer, this is having your cake and eating it too

By Christopher Hume - Urban Issues and Architecture
Mon., May 29, 2017

Oct. 12, 2016
Quick Facts

Status: Under construction (segments in use)
Number of new stops: 38
Route length: 34.6 kilometres
Major transit connections: Brampton Transit, GO Transit rail network (Barrie, Richmond Hill and Stouffville lines), GO Transit bus service, TTC Line 1 and Line 4, TTC bus service
Completion date: 2018


With over 34 kilometres of dedicated lanes for express bus service along Highway 7, Yonge Street and Davis Drive, this project will provide fast, reliable and comfortable service to residents of York Region. The first section of this project came into service August 2013; the last section will be in service in 2018.

 - Metrolinx -

Learn more about vivaNext Rapiways at vivanext.com

Aug. 17, 2016
Aug. 17, 2016

York Region operated bus service along Highway 7 and Yonge Street in mixed traffic - Rapid transit in York Region will help shape communities and provide people with more transportation options - The new Viva ‘rapidways’ is a BRT system where Viva vehicles will travel in dedicated bus lanes in the centre of the road for the majority of the route - The routes will also connect with other regional rapid transit lines, including GO Transit, Brampton’s Züm service and the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension

Once complete; over 35 kilometres of new bus rapid transit service will be available on three significant corridors:  east-west along Highway 7 and north-south along Yonge Street, with a small east-west route along Davis Drive in Newmarket - The rapidways will connect residents to important destinations in York Region, including the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, the Toronto-York Subway Extension at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, and a proposed transit-pedestrian mall in Markham Centre

On August 18, 2013, Viva rapid transit service began with 2.5 kilometres using the rapidway in the centre median along Highway 7 from Bayview Avenue to Highway 404 - An additional 3.9 kilometres of rapidway along Highway 7 from Highway 404 to Warden Avenue began operation in 2014

Total cost of the rapidway projects is $1.4 billion - The federal and municipal governments have each contributed $85 million; the balance is funded by the Province - Metrolinx owns the rapidway infrastructure and York Region Transit owns and operates the buses that use the corridor

 - Metrolinx -