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|Began service||September 4, 2005.|
|Locale||York Region, Ontario
(Vaughan; Richmond Hill; Markham)
Toronto (North York)
|End||Markham Stouffville Hospital|
There are twenty-four stations on the Viva Purple line
The Viva purple line runs along primarily the Highway 7 corridor east of Keele Street, with the brief exception on Centre Street and on Bathurst Street. The Highway 7 corridor west of Keele Street is served by Viva Orange. Viva Purple connects with all other Viva lines except Viva Blue A.
Since January 27, 2008, the Viva Purple Line has been extended eastward to Markham Stouffville Hospital from the previous line terminus, which was McCowan. This extension involved adding three more stations in the line. Markham Stouffville Hospital currently acts as a temporary bus terminal for several YRT bus routes, including Viva. This bus terminal will be moved to the intersection of Donald Cousens Way and Highway 7 sometime within the next ten years. Hence, the end point of Viva purple will also be moved there, and the current Markham Stouffville Hospital Stop will be "skipped". This scheduled terminal is named as Cornell, and it may open sometime between 2015 and 2019.
List of stations
From west to east:
|Name||Opening Date||Municipality||Major Connections|
|York University||September 4, 2005||North York||Viva Orange|
|Keele||September 4, 2005||Vaughan|
|Dufferin||September 4, 2005||Vaughan|
|Promenade Terminal||September 4, 2005||Vaughan|
|Atkinson||September 4, 2005||Vaughan|
|Richmond Hill Centre||September 4, 2005||Richmond Hill||Viva Blue, Viva Pink, GO Transit (Langstaff)|
|Bayview||September 4, 2005||Markham/Richmond Hill||Viva Pink|
|Chalmers||August 19, 2013||Markham/Richmond Hill||Viva Pink|
|Valleymede||September 4, 2005||Markham/Richmond Hill||Viva Pink|
|West Beaver Creek||September 4, 2005||Markham/Richmond Hill||Viva Pink|
|Leslie||September 4, 2005||Markham/Richmond Hill||Viva Pink|
|East Beaver Creek||September 4, 2005||Markham/Richmond Hill||Viva Pink|
|Allstate Parkway||September 4, 2005||Markham||Viva Pink|
|Woodbine||September 4, 2005||Markham||Viva Pink|
|Montgomery||September 4, 2005||Markham||Viva Pink|
|Town Centre Blvd.||September 4, 2005||Markham||Viva Pink|
|Cedarland||Late 2014||Markham||Viva Pink|
|Warden||November 20, 2005||Markham||Viva Green, Viva Pink|
|Warden & Highway 7 (Future Viva stop to serve the Viva Purple line to bypass Enterprise Blvd)||2014-2015||Markham|
|Village Parkway (Future Viva stop to serve the Viva Purple line to bypass Enterprise Blvd)||2014-2015||Markham|
|Main St. Unionville (Future Viva stop to serve the Viva Purple line to bypass Enterprise Blvd)||2014-2015||Markham|
|Enterprise||November 20, 2005||Markham||Viva Green, Viva Pink|
|Kennedy||October 16, 2005||Markham||Viva Green|
|Bullock||October 16, 2005||Markham||Viva Green|
|McCowan||October 16, 2005||Markham||Viva Green|
|Galsworthy||September 5, 2010||Markham|
|Main St. Markham||January 27, 2008||Markham|
|Wootten Way||January 27, 2008||Markham|
|Markham Stouffville Hospital||January 27, 2008||Markham|
- proposed Viva stations
Service from York University to Town Centre Boulevard began on September 4, 2005. Services extending from Town Centre Boulevard east to McCowan Road began October 16, 2005. Peak-time services west of York University began November 20, 2005. Services east of McCowan Road to Markham Stouffville Hospital was to begin on July 1, 2007, but has been postponed to January 27, 2008. Service east of McCowan Road to Cornell will replace the aforementioned service at a future date. Services west of York University was discontinued as of September 2, 2007.
As the Highway 7 transit corridor, the Viva Purple line will have a dedicated right of way dubbed "rapidway" for most of the route. This will enable Viva buses to quickly pass through traffic.
The first phase of VivaNext brings a rapidway along the portion of Viva Purple from Bayview to Birchmount. The rapidway will consist of bus lanes in the median of Highway 7 between Bayview Avenue and Town Centre Boulevard, and a new bus-only road parallel to Enterprise Drive, between Warden and Birchmount, eventually extending to Kennedy in 2018.. Stations along the rapidway will be longer than existing stations, and include heated shelters protected from the elements. Later phases will extend the rapidway west to Highway 50 and east to Cornell Terminal, potentially to the Durham Region border at the York-Durham Line.
Viva Purple will undergo many changes between 2014 and 2017. Beginning in 2014, VivaPurple and Pink will begin to serve the new Highway 7 Rapidway between Birchmount Road and Bayview Avenue. Also, Viva Purple will be restructured to provide service along Highway 7 between Town Centre Boulevard and Kennedy Road. Every other trip will continue to serve Enterprise Road. During rush hours, all trips will remain on Highway 7. Also, with the opening of the Spadina Subway extension, VIVA Purple will terminate at Richmond Hill Centre, where passengers can connect to Viva Orange for service to Vaughan Corporate Centre. New stations will also be opened at Chalmers (east of Bayview), Cedarland, Warden & 7, Village Parkway, and Schiberras/Main Street Unionville. Eventually, this corridor could be upgraded to light rail transit.
The stations of the restructured Viva Purple will be as follows, from west to east:
- Richmond Hill Centre
- Chalmers Road/South Park Road
- West Beaver Creek
- East Beaver Creek
- Allstate Parkway
- Town Centre
- Warden & Highway 7 (Viva Purple A)
- Village Parkway (Viva Purple A)
- Main Street Unionville (Viva Purple A)
- Galsworthy Drive
- Main Street Markham
- Wooten Way
- Markham Stouffville Hospital
- Bur Oak Drive
- Cornell Terminal
Future Viva stations are in italics
As of February 24, 2013:
- York University to Richmond Hill Centre: 7.5 minutes peak, 15 minutes off-peak. During the summer months when less courses run at York University service is 15 minutes at all times.
- Richmond Hill Centre to Markham Stouffville Hospital: 15 minutes at all times.
However during rush hour the routes is interlined with other routes between RCH and McCowan resulting in higher average frequencies.
- Richmond Hill Centre to Warden (combined with Viva Pink): 7.5 minutes
- Warden to Enterprise (combined with Viva Green and Viva Pink): 4 minutes
- Enterprise to McCowan (combined with Viva Green): 9 minutes
As of February 24, 2013:
- York University to Richmond Hill Centre: 33 minutes on peak periods, 28 minutes on off-peak periods
- Richmond Hill Centre to Enterprise: 28 minutes on peak periods, 26 minutes on off-peak periods
- Enterprise to McCowan: 13 minutes at all times.
- McCowan to Markham-Stouffville Hospital: 11 minutes peak, 13 minutes off-peak
These results will vary depending on the traffic volume and weather.
Security and safety
YRT/Viva offers security, customer assistance and fare enforcement services through the YRT/Viva Transit Enforcement Team.
Viva buses are patrolled by Special Constables that have been given the power of a Peace officer to enforce the Criminal Code of Canada.  Riders must present a valid proof-of-payment through a validated ticket or transfer from a YRT bus or purchased from the onsite-ticket machine. They can also enforce applicable York Region Municipal by-laws. They are given the power to issue offence notices, summonses or court appearance notices. They perform random checks and can issue violations, fines and warnings if the By-laws are not followed.
On site security is performed through the Transit Enforcement team. There are also technological securities such as security cameras and vehicle communication systems to create a safe environment.