rapid transit construction in Newmarket: 2015 the transformation of Newmarket continues VivaNext is committed to designing and delivering an exceptional rapid transit system—one that will help shape growth in our communities, connect York Region’s urban centres and provide faster, more reliable trips. The next generation of rapid transit is coming to Davis Drive by the end of December 2015, bringing Viva vehicles to Davis in their own dedicated bus rapid transit lanes [rapidways]. Pre-construction activities for a bus rapidway will also start this year on Yonge Street in Newmarket. These rapidways are more than just transit projects, they also include urban design elements such as pedestrian-friendly boulevards, wider sidewalks, attractive landscaping and green open spaces for the whole community to enjoy. During construction, we’ll continue to keep everyone informed and minimize disruptions as much as possible for those who live, work and commute in Newmarket. In this booklet, we answer the most commonly asked questions and highlight how the vivaNext projects will benefit our living environment for generations to come while York Region—and Newmarket—continue to grow. Future Southlake vivastation rapid transit construction in Newmarket » 1 Highw ay 404 ig h He Leslie St ts Dr Huron St Patterso n n Lo Main St g ford Yonge St Dr Davis Drive transformation unfolds N Parkside / Longford centre-lane vivastation Main Southlake curbside station Highw ay 404 Alexan der Rd ugh Rd Roxboro Prospe ct St Lorne Ave Parkside Dr Davis Drive H Huron Heights terminal location Leslie dedicated rapidway transit in mixed traffic The Davis Drive rapidway will open by the end of December 2015, connecting Yonge Street to Highway 404 with a new Viva service. So far, Newmarket has received a new system of storm drains, sewer pipes, gas and water mains, and telecommunications along Davis Drive. coming this year on Davis Drive •Road widening and paving are underway and will progress along the corridor •Construction on the vivastations will continue throughout the summer and fall at Longford/Parkside, Main and Southlake Regional Health Centre •Two curbside stations at Alexander/Huron Heights and Leslie, plus a final station at Highway 404, are being installed this summer •An expanded park and ride at Highway 404 that will connect with YRT/Viva and GO Transit is under construction •New signalized intersection at Southlake’s main entrance will allow pedestrians to cross safely at the lights to access the medical buildings on Davis By the end of December 2015, rapid transit service will be running on Davis Drive from Yonge Street to Highway 404. 2 » vivanext.com Keith Bridge The Keith Bridge is being reconstructed as part of the vivaNext rapidway. Newmarket’s rich architectural and transportation heritage was the inspiration of the design of the new Keith Bridge. The reconstructed bridge features several historic design elements including replica period light fixtures, poles and decorative concrete railings. finishing touches Finishing touches such as landscaping and warranty-related work will be completed in warmer weather in 2016. When it’s done, you’ll also see elegant boulevards with planters, interlocking stone and concrete sidewalks in sections along Davis. With the completion of the rapidway, Davis will be a renewed urban destination with exceptional transit and welcoming public areas that attract new visitors and businesses, and ultimately shape the growth of Newmarket and York Region. rapid transit construction in Newmarket » 3 Yonge Street rapidway coming to Newmarket The Yonge Street rapidway will stretch approximately 2.4 kilometres from Mulock Drive to Davis Drive. The rapidway will include three centre-lane vivastations at Mulock, Eagle and Davis. This section of the rapidway will also connect to the Davis Drive rapidway. Pre-construction activities began this year. The completion of the rapidway is expected by the end of 2018. The Yonge rapidway this year: •The detailed design is being finalized in preparation for roadway construction next year •Pre-construction activities are underway, including underground utility investigations, to determine the locations of pre-existing utilities such as sewer, gas, water mains and telecommunications before work begins •Work on retaining walls is slated to start in the summer Lane closures will be required for some of this work. When possible, noise, and other disruptions during this phase will be kept to a minimum. preliminary construction timeline construction work construction work 2015 2016 2017 2018 utilities [gas, hydro, telecom] road widening rapidway construction rapidways in service! open *For visualization purpose; subject to change 4 » vivanext.com N Davis Dri ve Yonge Street Eagle Mulock transition into mixed traffic dedicated rapidway centre-lane vivastation Rapidway Fast Facts: •V iva vehicles travelling the Yonge Street rapidway will connect with YRT, Viva and GO buses at the Newmarket Bus Terminal and Richmond Hill Centre Terminal, and customers will be able to transfer to TTC subway and buses at Finch Subway Station •Viva vehicles will turn on to the Davis Drive rapidway to connect with GO trains and buses at the Newmarket GO Station and will continue to Highway 404 rapid transit construction in Newmarket » 5 frequently asked questions what is a rapidway? Rapidways are dedicated lanes in the centre of the road for Viva vehicles only. In response to emergencies, police, fire and ambulance vehicles will be permitted to use the rapidways. Stations are placed along the rapidway, with passenger access located at signalized intersections. what are some special features of the rapidway? Dedicated transit lanes will be separated from mixed-use traffic with a high-visibility, durable red pavement colour. New Viva vehicles will have increased passenger capacity and include a variety of seating for customer comfort. Rapidway stations feature curved glass, heated enclosures, real-time transit updates, near-level boarding and off-board payment. Rapidway stations will be equipped with security surveillance and emergency call buttons. All Viva buses are accessible. The buses are low-floor accessible and equipped with a ramp. There is designated accessible seating available near the front of every Viva vehicle. The platforms are designed to accommodate two articulated buses for loading and unloading at the same time. how do I cross Davis or Yonge or access the vivastations in the centre of the street? People can cross Davis or Yonge and get to the vivastations in the centre of the street by crossing at the signalized intersection and turning onto the platform ramp at the centre of the crosswalk. To return to the sidewalk from the vivastation, a pedestrian light with push-button activation is located at the centre of the crosswalk at the platform ramp. If needed, pedestrians can cross the street in two stages, waiting in the centre median for the next signal. 6 » vivanext.com will the new intersections be fully accessible? All signalized intersections on Davis and Yonge will have well-marked crossings, combined with audible and push button signals to make it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross the road. Vivastations are fully accessible with a gentle sloping ramp to access the platforms with near level boarding. what can residents expect when rapidway construction is complete? When complete, the Davis Drive and Yonge Street rapidways will incorporate urban design elements such as wider boulevards, shade trees and attractive landscaping. The rapidway projects are part of the overarching Regional Transportation Plan that will bring an exceptional rapid transit system to the area making it easier to travel in and around York Region and connect to other transit systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Once complete, Davis and Yonge will function better for all commuters, whether they’re drivers or transit users. With the addition of dedicated left-turn lanes at signalized intersections and other improvements, traffic flow is expected to improve by approximately 25%. rapid transit construction in Newmarket » 7 the new vivastation: designed around you from the top down PA system has both live and recorded announcements; automatic volume levels adjust based on time of day. Tinted glass enhances comfort, reduces glare and improves visibility. Vivastations can accommodate two vehicles as well as future LRT. Motion-activated heaters provide warmth while the new automated entry doors minimize heat loss. Raised tiles along the platform edge provide greater awareness for the visually impaired. Security cameras are installed at key points around the platform. 8 » vivanext.com Emergency call button allows for two-way communication and triggers blue pulsing lights. Signage helps direct riders with ease and clarity. Innovative canopy design hangs over the vehicle, ensuring comfortable boarding and disembarking. Riders can easily keep track of arrivals and service announcements in real-time with the message board. Security surveillance and intercom for emergency assistance on platform. Fare payments made easy. Use cash, debit, credit, monthly passes or the new PRESTO card. Designated waiting area is marked for those who have paid their fare and validated their ticket. Glass enclosure helps riders stay dry and sheltered all year round. rapid transit construction in Newmarket » 9 keeping you informed Coping with construction is a lot easier when you know what to expect, where, and for how long. For an in-depth look at different elements of vivaNext projects, plans, designs and ongoing activities, visit vivanext.com. You can also find answers to any questions you may have through: •subscribing to receive email construction notices at vivanext.com • liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter • reading our blog at vivanext.com/blog •visiting our project information office at 130 Davis Drive, Unit #4 [Newmarket Plaza] to give us your feedback, and see maps and visuals [*Office hours: Mondays 12pm-4pm, Tuesdays 12pm-6pm or by appointment.] Community Liaisons Michelle Dudzik Davis Drive Community Liaison Tel: 905.886.6767 ext. 71096 Cell: 905.716.7663 Email: [email protected] Kristina Bergeron Davis Drive Community Liaison Tel: 905.886.6767 ext. 71051 Cell: 905.505.1347 Email: [email protected] Leslie Pawlowski Yonge Street Community Liaison Tel: 905.886.6767 ext. 71357 Cell: 905.505.1430 Email: [email protected] 10 » vivanext.com stop, shop + dine. supporting local businesses through construction To help support local businesses during construction, vivaNext has developed a business support program. In collaboration with local chambers of commerce and boards of trade, the program offers tools, information and other benefits for continued success. The program also gets the word out that businesses are still open during construction. 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