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Viva buses operate along new Enterprise rapidway, starting March 6

According to the YRT website, Viva buses start operating along the new Enterprise rapidway — the bus-only roadway stretching between Warden Avenue and Birchmount Road — this Sunday, March 6.

Brand new Viva buses serving the Viva purple route operate along the new rapidway and drop off and pick up passengers at the new Warden vivastation, starting Sunday. Buses serving the Viva green and Viva pink routes use the rapidway, starting Monday, March 7.

Drivers have been practicing approaching and stopping at the new Enterprise vivastation and trying the onboard systems for the new Viva buses Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. since Wednesday, February 16.

The new buses, which Nova Bus makes in Canada, have larger windows, a wider centre aisle, better lighting and an accessibility ramp at the front door instead of the middle. Advanced clean diesel propulsion systems that produce fewer emissions propel the buses. For drivers though, it also has new, unfamiliar on-board systems and controls.

The new vivastation is completely different from other vivastations or typical transit shelters. It’s a rapid transit station, with heated waiting area, messaging boards and safety and accessibility features. However, since the platform is much higher than a street curb, Viva drivers must practise pulling into the station and review procedures for operating the buses.

The rapidways allow Viva vehicles to bypass congested traffic as they operate in their own lane. The Enterprise rapidway extends parallel to and along the north side of Enterprise Boulevard between Warden and Birchmount in Markham. Eventually, the rapidway will stretch to Unionville GO Station and Kennedy Road.