Vivanext

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Dedicated rapidway on Highway 7
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Vivanext (corporately styled "vivaNext") is the next phase of the Viva Rapid Transit System which serves York Region, Ontario, Canada. The Vivanext plan includes two subway extensions, two light rail transit (LRT) lines, and a bus rapid transit (BRT) network featuring dedicated lanes (rapidways) for Viva vehicles.

According to its website,[1] the Vivanext plan will revitalize communities, help manage employment and population growth, and improve travel times across York Region.

Rapidways[edit]

A typical rapidway station

Often referred to as a transitway or busway by other transit authorities, the term "rapidway" is used to describe the bus-only lanes being designed as part of the bus rapid transit component of the Vivanext plan.[2] The proposed benefit of the rapidways is that Viva vehicles will be able travel faster than before, by avoiding the congestion associated with mixed traffic. While most Vivanext rapidways will be located in the centre median of roadways, they may also be located curbside to accommodate certain conditions. Rapidways projects funded for construction in York Region are located on Davis Drive, Highway 7 and Yonge Street.[3]

Davis Drive rapidway[edit]

The Davis Drive rapidway in Newmarket extends 2.6 kilometres from Yonge Street to the Southlake Regional Health Centre.

In November 2009, pre-construction activities, such as utility relocation, planning and geotechnical investigations began for the Davis Drive rapidway. Additional pre-construction activities, such as soil testing, archaeological assessments, building demolition, and removal/relocation of light poles and signs will continue through to the end of 2010. The project was completed in 2015.[4]

Highway 7 rapidway[edit]

Rapidway station at West Beaver Creek and Highway 7

The Highway 7 rapidway is planned to eventually extend from Highway 50 in Vaughan to Cornell Terminal in Markham. It will connect three major urban centres in York Region; Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, Richmond Hill/Langstaff, and Markham Centre.

Three stops between Jane Street and Keele Street, and 12 stops between Yonge Street and Kennedy Road are currently operational. An additional 10 stops are planned for opening in 2019.[5]

Yonge Street rapidway[edit]

The Yonge Street rapidway will extend north along Yonge Street from Richmond Hill Centre Terminal at Highway 7 to Green Lane in Newmarket.

The first segment which will extend from Mulock to Davis Drive in Newmarket is expected to open in 2019.[6] The second segment between Highway 7 and 19th Avenue/Gamble Road is expected to open the following year.[7]

Subway extensions[edit]

Toronto–York Spadina Subway Extension[edit]

The 8.6 kilometre Toronto–York Spadina Subway Extension includes six stations and run north from the Sheppard West Station in Toronto to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station at Highway 7 in Vaughan[8] and was opened on December 17, 2017.[9]

Yonge North Subway Extension[edit]

The Yonge North Subway Extension is planned to run 6.8 kilometres north from Finch Station in Toronto to the Richmond Hill Centre Terminal at Highway 7 and include up to six stations.[10] It will pass through Markham and Vaughan on its way.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Homepage". www.vivanext.com. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  2. ^ "frequently asked questions". VivaNext. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Proposed new schedule extends some York Region vivaNext projects by 5 years". CP24. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Davis Drive rapidway open". VivaNext. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Project Map". VivaNext. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Yonge Street / Newmarket". www.vivanext.com. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Yonge Street / Richmond Hill". www.vivanext.com. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Spadina Subway Extension". VivaNext. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Toronto-York Spadina subway extension $400M over budget". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  10. ^ "Yonge Subway Extension". VivaNext. Retrieved 12 March 2018.