YORK REGION, ON, Sept. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Metrolinx has issued a request
for proposals (RFP) to three teams pre-qualified to deliver the next
phase of the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (vivaNext) rapidways project
in Vaughan and Markham.
The expanded vivaNext rapid transit system will make it easy to travel
in and around York Region and connect to other transit systems across
the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The vivaNext rapidways
will reduce travel times and increase reliability of existing transit
service along the heavily congested sections of the transit corridors.
Dedicated bus lanes will provide fast and reliable transit service,
while reducing delays caused by frequent stops to pick up and drop off
passengers. This expansion includes:
Approximately 12 kilometres of dedicated bus lanes in Vaughan along
Highway 7, from Helen Street to Interchange Way/Edgeley Boulevard, and
from Bowes Road to Yonge Street via the existing Centre Street and
Bathurst Street Viva route.
Approximately one kilometre of dedicated bus lanes in downtown Markham.
Flexibility will be built into the design to allow for coordination
with future development in Markham Centre.
The three teams invited to develop proposals to design, build and
finance the project are EDCO, m7 Transit Partners and York RapidLINK
Constructors. Each team successfully demonstrated through a rigorous
request for qualification process they had the required design and
construction capability and experience, and the financial capacity to
deliver a project of this size and complexity.
The York Viva BRT project represents $1.4 billion in provincial transit
investment, and is an example of The Big Move in action - Metrolinx's 25-year plan to implement a common vision for
transportation in the GTHA. The project is being implemented by
Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario. For more information,
please visit metrolinx.com.
Infrastructure Ontario, on behalf of Metrolinx, will manage the
Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) process for this portion of
the vivaNext rapidways. Once the contract is awarded, York Region Rapid
Transit Corporation (YRRTC) will manage all day-to-day construction
operations and York Region will operate YRT/Viva service. Metrolinx
will retain ownership of the rapidway asset.
YRRTC is responsible for the planning, design and construction of the
full vivaNext rapid transit network and related infrastructure to
deliver on the transit priorities set out in the York Region
Transportation Master Plan. YRRTC is a wholly-owned subsidiary and
share capital corporation of The Regional Municipality of York. The
vivaNext plan is a key component of the vision outlined by Ontario's
Places to Grow Act, which aims to manage growth in a sustainable and
environmentally-friendly way that enriches communities. For more
information, please visit vivanext.com.
Bruce McCuaig, Metrolinx President and CEO
"The steady and continued progress of the vivanext transit expansion
project is a success story for York Region Transit, The Regional
Municipality of York and Metrolinx. We are pleased to be part of this
important project - one that improves regional connectivity, increases
capacity and reliability in key corridors and makes transit the more
attractive travel option for commuters.
Bill Fisch, York Region Chairman and CEO
"Together with the Government of Ontario, we continue to work hard to
build rapid transit throughout York Region and help reduce congestion
by providing our residents and visitors with an attractive and
efficient means of travel to and from work, school, shopping and
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SOURCE: Metrolinx vivaNext
For further information:
York Region Rapid