Project Information Centre for vivaNext Rapid Transit Construction Projects
Now Open in Newmarket
TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - A new vivaNext Project Information Centre on the
Davis Drive rapidway is now open in Newmarket.
The new information centre will be a place for the community to get
information, ask questions and provide feedback on the transit project. The
office is located at 130 Davis Drive, Unit 4, the second plaza to the east of
Yonge Street on the north side of Davis Drive.
The new rapidway will run for 2.6 kilometres along the centre Davis Drive from
Yonge Street to Roxborough Road. It will use a transit signal priority system
to allow Viva buses avoid congestion, providing faster trips and maintaining
more consistent travel times for its customers.
The project includes widening Davis Drive to accommodate the rapidway, along
with six new viva stations, wider sidewalks and landscaping. Construction
crews are already relocating utilities, building retaining walls and
installing new hydro poles along the route. The project is expected to be
completed in 2014.
"The McGuinty government is committed to better transit for families in York
Region," said Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham. "The vivaNext
information centre will provide Newmarket and Aurora residents with an easy
way to stay informed with up to date information about the rapidway
construction along Davis Drive in Newmarket."
"Along with York Region, we are committed to keeping the public well informed
and to working with the communities that are directly affected to minimize the
impact when we undertake long-term, multi-project transit improvement
programs," said Metrolinx President and CEO, Bruce McCuaig. "At Metrolinx, we
are moving towards a transformation of the transportation system for the
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and we are pleased to partner with York
Region in order to build, improve and expand public transit in these
"We want to keep the community engaged about this vital construction project,"
said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. "Opening the vivaNext
information centre in the Town of Newmarket provides an opportunity for us to
field questions from area residents and businesses and show how this rapidway
will help transform the Davis Street corridor."
On behalf of Metrolinx, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation will manage the
design, construction and community outreach for the project and will oversee
all day-to-day operations, routine maintenance, and service delivery.
Metrolinx will own the infrastructure and be responsible for maintenance and
The Davis Drive rapidway is funded by the Province of Ontario. This project is
part of Metrolinx's York Viva Bus Rapid Transit project, a $1.4 billion
commitment to improving transit in York Region. The York Viva Bus Rapid
Transit project is part of The Big Move - the regional transportation plan for
the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. For more information, go to
York Region's vivaNext rapid transit plan also supports the vision set out in
the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, part of Ontario's Places to
Grow initiative. For more information about the vivaNext plan and to sign up
for construction updates, please visit www.vivanext.com.
Dale Albers York Region Rapid Transit Corporation 905-886-6767, ext. 1020
Malon Edwards Metrolinx, Media Relations 416-874-5945
SOURCE: Metrolinx vivaNext
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