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Davis Drive rapidway in Newmarket
opens November 29



The Government of Ontario, Metrolinx and the Regional Municipality of York have announced that the Davis Drive rapidway in Newmarket is opening for bus service, tomorrow, Sunday, November 29.

The 2.6-kilometre (1.6-mile) bus-rapid-transit project along Davis also includes a new “Park and Ride” carpool lot at the south-west side of the Davis Drive / Highway 404 interchange.

Buses start operating along the new Viva yellow route tomorrow at 6:52 a.m. The viva buses operate along the bus-only, centre-lane “rapidway” between Yonge Street and Roxborough Road / Patterson Street and then in mixed traffic with curbside stops and a turn-around at the new park and ride lot. GO Transit buses start operating through the new lot in January 2016.

The line includes three new vivastations in the centre-lane rapidway:

  • Longford;
  • Main; and
  • Southlake.

It also includes new curbside vivastations:

  • Huron Heights;
  • Leslie; and
  • Highway 404.

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Viva buses serving the new Viva yellow route start and end their trips in the Newmarket GO Bus Terminal, where passengers can connect with buses operating along the Viva blue route and other York Region Transit and GO Transit buses.

Sundays and holidays, starting tomorrow, Sunday, November 29, westbound buses leave the Highway 404 / Davis Park and Ride about every 15 minutes from 6:52 a.m. until 11:22 p.m. Eastbound buses leave Newmarket GO Bus Terminal from 7:14 a.m. until 10:59 p.m.

Mondays to Fridays, starting Monday, November 30, westbound buses leave the carpool lot every 15 minutes from 4:22 a.m. until 11:22 p.m. Eastbound buses leave Newmarket terminal from 4:45 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Saturdays, starting Saturday, December 5, westbound buses the carpool lot every 15 minutes from 5:38 a.m. until 11:23 p.m. Eastbound buses leave Newmarket terminal from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Metrolinx and York Region contractors also worked to transform this section of Davis Drive with wider boulevards and more trees and shrubs. The new rapid transit stations include arched glass canopies, which, according to an Ontario / York Region news release, are “inspired by transportation architecture from historic and modern European examples”. The 27-metre (88.6-foot) glass vivastation canopies protect waiting passengers from the elements and include nine-metre (29.5-foot) enclosed and heated waiting areas.

Similar to the viva rapidway along Highway 7 East in Markham and Richmond Hill, the new line also incorporates standard Viva technological features, such as off-board fare collection, geographical positioning system (GPS) navigation, real-time information, PRESTO smart-card readers and traffic-signal priority for Viva buses. Safety and accessibility features include a textured surface near the platform edge, level boarding from the platform to the bus, a public address system for updating riders and an emergency call button.

The entire York Viva bus-rapid-transit project represents a $1.4 billion transit investment from the Government of Ontario and is part of “The Big Move”, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan.

YRT will revise its routes in Newmarket to avoid duplicating services along Davis Drive Sunday, January 3, 2016.

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