Aug. 17, 2016

York Region vivaNext Rapidways

Bus rapid transit on Yonge Street and Highway 7 in York Region

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