Ministry of Transportation
Bus Rapid Transit Segment Opening in Vaughan
Vaughan, ON – Dec 11, 2017
Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx, Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO of The Regional Municipality of York, Mauricio Bevilacqua, Mayor of the City of Vaughan, and Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of the City of Markham and Chairman of the York Region Rapid Transit Board, joined together to celebrate the transformation of Vaughan, with the official opening of another bus rapid transit (BRT) rapidway segment on Highway 7 West.
This Sunday, December 17, the new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station will open as part of the rapidway segment from Bowes Road to Edgeley Boulevard, coinciding with the opening of the Line 1 subway extension. Located west of Jane Street at Millway Avenue, passengers will be able to connect directly from this rapidway station to the TTC subway and the adjacent SmartCentres Place Bus Terminal, which will open in 2018. The York Viva bus rapid transit project represents a $1.4 billion (2009$) transit investment from the Government of Ontario.
Transit improvements in this area will benefit 11,000 businesses and 330,000 residents. . York University, just seven minutes away by subway, has over 50,000 students and young professionals who will benefit from the convenient and integrated services.
Features of the new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre rapidway station include a canopy that completely covers the rapidway lanes, longer and wider platforms to accommodate a large number of passengers, and elevators and escalators to the subway station below.
The York Viva bus rapid transit project is part of Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan, a 25-year plan for an integrated and sustainable transit and transportation system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The project is being funded by Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario. Visit metrolinx.com for more information.
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