Kiewit-Ellis Don has been awarded the contract to design and build the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit rapidways along Highway 7 West in Vaughan, a project involves widening the highway to accommodate a 3.5-kilometre extension of the Highway 7 West rapidway from Interchange Way/Edgeley Boulevard to just east of Keele Street at Bowes Road, and will also include three new vivastations. The new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre vivastation will connect the rapidway with the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension and an inter-regional bus terminal.
Construction is expected to begin in 2013, and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2015 — in time for the completion of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension.
“We’ve taken another important step in building a modern rapid transit system for residents and commuters across York Region,” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation. “The McGuinty government’s unprecedented public transit investments continue to make taking transit a better choice for commuters, reducing congestion on our roads and contributing to a better quality of life for Ontario families.”
“This transformative transit project in York Region is another example of how important transportation projects identified in Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan – The Big Move – are progressing in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area,” said Bruce McCuaig, president and CEO of Metrolinx.
As part of York Region’s rapid transit plan, dedicated rapidways will connect people to key urban centres and other modes of transit, including subway and GO Transit. The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre area will be a key point for transferring between modes of transit, and will influence significant residential, business, entertainment and cultural developments over time.