vivaNext vision
Improved accessibility along Davis Drive will lead new development
and economic revitalization.
One of the first vivaNext rapidways to be built is the east-west Davis Drive rapidway in Newmarket.
Extending from Yonge Street to the Southlake Regional Health Centre, it will dramatically improve
accessibility for Viva riders including Southlake staff, patients, visitors and volunteers. This is especially
important considering their new state-of-the-art cancer centre will open in 2010 with the capacity to
accommodate 52,000 patient visits each year for treatment.
During construction of the Davis Drive rapidway, sound design principles – including green, open
spaces – will create an attractive environment for new development.
As growth and mixed-use urban transformation occurs along Davis Drive, there will be a focus on
building upwards rather than outwards. This will reduce live-work-play distances, encourage more
pedestrian traffic, and limit urban sprawl.
Markham will be a major connection point
and key destination place along Highway 7.
The vivaNext plan includes a network of several rapidways across York Region, including the east-west
Highway 7 rapidway, which will extend from Highway 50 in Vaughan to Reesor Road in Markham. Over the
next 20 years, almost 300,000 jobs will be located within one kilometre of Highway 7, resulting in almost
ten million annual transit trips.
Viva riders travelling along Highway 7 will be able to make seamless and convenient connections in
Markham with GO Transit commuter rail and express buses, YRT local bus services, and other transit
systems operating in neighbouring regions. Bicycle racks will also be available for those who choose to
cycle from that point.
In addition to being a major connection point, Markham will become a key destination place. It will host the
first transit-pedestrian mall in the GTA, and become a world-class mixed-use urban centre with businesses,
residences, shops, restaurants, theatres and a 10-acre world-class park for people to enjoy without having
to drive to get there.
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre’s easy access to great transit service
will transform it into a major centre of activity.
The funded Spadina subway extension that is part of the vivaNext plan will extend from Downsview
Station to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. Located along the east-west Highway 7 rapidway, Vaughan
Metropolitan Centre will provide subway riders with a seamless and convenient point of connection
with Viva and other transit systems.
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre’s centralized location and easy access to great transit service will
transform it into a major centre of activity for local residents and businesses.
Mixed-use transit-oriented development along the area’s proposed tree-lined “main street” avenue,
which will bisect a ring-road system, will include business offices, residences, entertainment and
cultural facilities, and pedestrian shopping areas. It is expected to be the largest and most ambitious
development project in the area’s history.
Richmond Hill/Langstaff Urban Growth Centre will be a major transit hub
and focal point of transit-oriented development.
The proposed Yonge subway extension that is also part of the vivaNext plan will extend from Finch Station
to the Richmond Hill/Langstaff Urban Growth Centre at Highway 7. The Centre will be a major transit
hub where subway riders will be able to make seamless and convenient connections with Viva, GO Transit,
YRT and other transit systems operating in neighbouring regions.
As a major transit hub, the strategically located Centre will be the focal point of mixed-use transit-oriented
development that incorporates high quality urban design, signature architecture and attractive public
spaces. Everything from prestige business and professional offices to high-density residential units, shopping
and entertainment will all be found in and around this very busy and vibrant area.
The Environmental Project Report for the Yonge subway extension has been approved following
extensive public consultation. York Region is currently working with Metrolinx, TTC and the City of Toronto
to secure funding for its construction.
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*Planned construction includes bus rapid transit in both dedicated rapidways and in mixed traffic
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vivastation design elements
roof extends up and over Viva vehicles
to keep snow and rain off while
embarking/disembarking
roof and side panels made of
reflective tinted glass for greater
visibility and comfort
arrival/departure screens
provide real-time scheduling
info plus up-to-the-minute
time, weather, news, sports
and market headlines
extended platform length can
accommodate multiple Viva
vehicles, enhancing embarking/
disembarking efficiency
full-time security
surveillance and
intercom for
emergency assistance
on platform
raised platform provides level boarding
of Viva vehicles, eliminating the
need to climb steps or lift objects
temperature and motion activated heaters in full wind
enclosure provide warmth while motion-activated entry
doors minimize heat loss
tactile pavers along
rapidway edge provide
greater safety
energy-efficient lighting
throughout for greater safety
and comfort
gently sloping ramp provides
easy wheelchair, motorized
scooter and stroller access
ample seating inside and out
provides greater personal
space and comfort
flexible cash, pass and Presto
fare machines
a world of difference
one viva vehicle can take up to
70vehicles
off the road
yonge street rapidways timeline: highway 7 to gamble road
2010
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Negotiations
Preliminary engineering
Final design/construction
Reports to Regional Council
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Construction 2012 to 2015
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sidewalk at typical vivastation intersection
continuity furnishing pedestrian
zone
zone
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information kiosk/
space for public art
intersection
crosswalk
street
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zone
bench
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continuity furnishing pedestrian
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typical vivastation intersection
traffic light
space for
public art
maintenance area
boulevard
pedestrian light
street light
rapidway
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traffic signal operations
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first signal phase
left and u-turns
second signal phase
general traffic, pedestrians
and viva rapid transit
third signal phase
cross street general traffic
and pedestrians
regular traffic
viva
pedestrians
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vivaNext vision Improved accessibility along Davis Drive will lead new development