Viva Purple

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Viva Purple
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Overview
SystemYRT/Viva
OperatorTok Transit
VehicleVan Hool A330
Van Hool AG300
Nova Bus LF Series (articulated)
Began serviceSeptember 4, 2005
Route
Route typeBus rapid transit
LocaleYork Region
Communities servedRichmond Hill; Markham
StartRichmond Hill Centre Terminal
EndMarkham Stouffville Hospital
Stops26
Service
Frequency15 mins
Ridership5,705[1]
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Viva Purple is a line on the Viva bus rapid transit system in York Region, Ontario, Canada. The route primarily runs in an east–west direction along the Highway 7 Rapidway in Markham and Richmond Hill. It is operated by Tok Transit under contract from York Region.

Route description[edit]

A Viva Purple bus stops at the Richmond Hill Centre Terminal.

Viva Purple operates along Highway 7 from Richmond Hill Centre Terminal in the west, to Markham Stouffville Hospital in the east.

Viva Purple also operates a branch service along Enterprise Boulevard between Town Centre Boulevard and Kennedy Road. Alternating buses serve this branch (and the Highway 7 branch) except during weekday rush hour.

Viva Purple connects with all other Viva lines except Viva Yellow and Viva Blue A. Currently, there are 25 stations along the bus route.[3]

Viva Purple stops
Name Opening Date Municipality Major Connections
Richmond Hill Centre September 4, 2005 Richmond Hill Viva blue.svg Viva pink.svg Viva orange.svg
GO Transit logo.svg Langstaff GO Station
Bayview Markham/
Richmond Hill
Viva pink.svg
Chalmers August 19, 2013
Valleymede September 4, 2005
West Beaver Creek
Leslie
East Beaver Creek
Allstate Parkway Markham
Woodbine
Montgomery
Town Centre
Warden[H] December 17, 2017
Village Parkway[H]
Sciberras[H]
Main Street Unionville[H] September 1, 2019
Cedarland[E] December 28, 2014 Viva pink.svg
Warden/Enterprise[E] November 20, 2005 Viva green.svg Viva pink.svg
Post Road[E] February 5, 2017
Rivis Road[E] November 20, 2005
Kennedy/Highway 7 October 16, 2005 Viva green.svg
Bullock
McCowan
Galsworthy September 5, 2010
Main Street Markham January 27, 2008
Wootten Way
Markham Stouffville Hospital

Notes[edit]

[H] Stop served by Highway 7 branch only

[E] Stop served by Enterprise branch only

Route history[edit]

Service from York University to Town Centre Boulevard began on September 4, 2005. Service extending from Town Centre Boulevard east to McCowan Road began October 16, 2005. Peak-time service west of York University began November 20, 2005. Service east of McCowan Road to Markham Stouffville Hospital was to begin on July 1, 2007, but was postponed to January 27, 2008. Service east of McCowan Road to Cornell will replace the aforementioned service. Service west of York University was discontinued as of September 2, 2007.

On September 2, 2018, Viva Purple was restructured to terminate at Richmond Hill Centre. Previously, the route extended west to Pioneer Village and York University stations where it connected with the Line 1 Yonge–University subway.

Future[edit]

The eastern terminus is planned to extend to the future Cornell Terminal upon completion in 2019 with an additional stop at Bur Oak.[4]

Rapidway[edit]

The Viva Purple line has a dedicated right of way (dubbed Rapidways) for a portion of the route. Eventually, the entire Highway 7 Corridor could be upgraded to light rail transit.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moving to 2020" (PDF). York Region Transit. 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Fare Chart". www.yrt.ca. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  3. ^ "Viva System Map January 5, 2020" (PDF). York Region Transit. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Viva Network Expansion Plan" (PDF). York Region Transit. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  5. ^ "vivaNext: LRT". 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2017-12-16.