12 km of New, Dedicated York Viva Bus Routes to be Built Along Hwy. 7 Corridor
Metrolinx and York Region Rapid Transit Corporation have awarded the contract to design, build and finance the next phase of the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) rapidways to EDCO, creating about 14,000 construction jobs in the area.
The project includes 10 new vivastations and approximately 12 kilometres of rapidway along two sections of the Highway 7 transit corridor in Vaughan and Richmond Hill. The first segment will run from Helen Street to Interchange Way/Edgeley Boulevard. The second segment will extend from the Centre Street and Highway 7 intersection to Yonge Street via the existing Viva route on Centre Street and the Bathurst Street Viva route. Construction will begin in 2016, and the BRT will be open for service in 2020.
The province is investing $1.4-billion in the York Viva BRT project. Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan will help connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Ontarians by supporting critical infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across the province.
Improving public transit across the GTHA is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
“The Ontario government is pleased to be following through on our commitment to improve public transit for York Region. Our investments in public infrastructure are supporting the region’s economy, helping to manage congestion, and improving travel connections between communities.” Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation