Ontario Achieves Milestones on York Viva Bus Rapid Transit
6 km of New Dedicated Rapidway Completed Along Hwy. 7 Corridor
Today Ontario, along with Metrolinx and the Regional Municipality of York Region, announced the completion of the York Viva Highway 7 East rapidway project in the City of Markham and Town of Richmond Hill.
The Highway 7 East project, which includes approximately six kilometres of rapidway, was launched in three stages. The first segment from Bayview Avenue in Richmond Hill to Warden Avenue in Markham opened in August 2013. The final segment, along South Town Centre Boulevard, Cedarland Drive and Warden Avenue in the City of Markham opened in January 2015.
The Highway 7 East rapidway project is part of the York Viva bus rapid transit project, which represents a $1.4 billion investment from Ontario. In total, vivaNext rapidways are being built along 34 kilometres of key York Region corridors and will include 38 new vivastations.
Ontario is building safe, reliable infrastructure to help create jobs and ensure a bright future for the province. Between April and September, the province announced support for more than 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, strengthen the economy, connect communities and improve quality of life. The York Viva Bus Rapid Transit project builds on that progress.
Investing in transit 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.
- The VIVA Bus Rapid Transit will improve public transportation, stimulate the economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help to manage congestion.
- Ontario’s population is expected to grow by approximately 40 per cent by 2041, placing additional importance on having modern infrastructure to support a growing population.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.
- The 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.
- The project is being implemented by Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario. York Region Rapid Transit Corporation is responsible for the planning, design and construction of the full vivaNext rapid transit network and related infrastructure.
“The Ontario government is pleased to see our transit investments and the province’s growth plans coming to life in Markham. With continued investments like this, the GTHA will be connected by a transportation infrastructure that is prepared for growth.”
“Increased transportation investments in the City of Markham will reduce congestion across the GTHA. Projects like the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit deliver convenience and reliability for the thousands of commuters it serves daily. The Ontario government is committed to building up our transportation infrastructure to improve our quality of life and drive economic growth in our region.”
“Metrolinx has committed to helping connect the GTHA, working in partnerships to help build transit. The York Viva Bus Rapid Transit project is one example of Metrolinx’s commitment to managing traffic congestion, connecting key travel centres in the region and keeping people moving.”
“The transformation of the Highway 7 corridor provides an important link across York Region. Having quality transit choices in place will connect urban areas, encourage commuters to take transit and reduce congestion.”