York VIVA Bus Rapid Transit (VivaNext)

Rank 2024


Image Credit: Parsons

Industry Sector: Transit

Project Type: BRT

Project Value: $1.755 billion

Funding Source: Public

Federal Funding: $85 million

Provincial Funding: Capital allotment to Metrolinx, the regional transportation authority: $1.585 billion

Municipal Funding: $85 million

Province: Ontario

City / Region: York Region

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2020

Once completed, vivaNext Rapidways will be more than 35 km of dedicated bus lanes in the centre of the road that will allow rapid transit buses to provide more reliable and frequent service to York residents. This new bus rapid transit service will be available on two significant corridors; east-west along Highway 7 and north-south along Yonge Street with another small east-west route along Davis Drive in Newmarket.

In late September, it was announced that the 2.6-kiloemtre section from Richmond Hill Centre Terminal near Yonge Street and the Viva station on Bathurst Street was complete and would open three months ahead of schedule.

The project remains on schedule for completion in 2020.

Project Owner: York Region Rapid Transit Corp. and Metrolinx

Engineer: AECOM; Parsons>>; KED; McCormick Rankin Corp.; WSP (engineer); URS, an AECOM company; Ecoplans Ltd.; IBI Group (design engineer); Wood Group (design)

Project/Construction Manager: Kiewit EllisDon (rapidways along Highway 7 between Bayview and Warden avenues in Markham) York RapidLINK Constructors —Aecon, Dufferin Construction, AECOM, Hatch, Morrison Hershfield, and Leigh Fisher Canada (rapidways along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill and Newmarket) DBF Team: EDCO —EllisDon Capital Inc. and Coco Paving Inc., with design team members IBI Group, LEA Consulting Ltd., and Peto MacCallum Ltd. (design, build, and finance rapidways along the Highway 7 transit corridor in the City of Vaughan and Town of Richmond Hill)

Environmental Services: WSP (environmental consultant, EA)

Other Key Players: Aon (risk/insurance advisor to authority); BTY Group (ind. certifier); Entro; Golder (ground engineering services); Hanscomb; Revay and Associates; Morrison Hershfield (prime design consultants); KPMG (advisory services); LeighFisher (ind. quality certifier); Hanscomb (owners’ engineer’s cost consultant); INTECH (insurance advisor); CIMA+ (road safety audits); GHD (sanitary design); EY (financial advisory services); ARUP (technical advisory services); Comtech (program mgmt. consulting); Rider Levett Bucknall; Jacobs (technical advisor/construction oversight)

Vehicle Supplier Names: NovaBus

Supplier Other: Canam Group (steel joists); DECAST Ltd.; Van Hool

Legal: McCarthy Tétrault; WeirFoulds (acting for York Region); Borden Ladner Gervais (legal advisor); Osler; Torys (acted for lender)

Road or Transit Length (km): 35

2020 Rank: 36

2019 Rank: 39

2018 Rank: 34

2017 Rank: 30

2016 Rank: 36

2015 Rank: 37

2014 Rank: 32