September 2, 2004
"Ensuring that children get to school safely is our number one priority, and we encourage parents to leave home a few minutes early to avoid rushing," said York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "Construction on our modern rapid transit network may cause periodic delays and traffic disruption, but next year when the work is complete, people across the Region will have a new, exciting alternative to driving their car."
Construction began on
A total of 107 stops will be built, and construction at each location will last between three and six weeks. Over the course of the construction, crews will be carrying out a variety of activities, including:
Rapid transit is a key part of York Region's Combating Traffic Congestion Plan, launched in April 2004. The plan is designed to help reduce traffic congestion and preserve York Region's quality of life.
"York Region continues to listen to the concerns of its residents," said Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell, Chair of the Region's Transportation and Works Committee. "We have responded with a comprehensive plan to reduce congestion through traffic light signalization improvements, the building of new roads, continued enhancements to York Region Transit and development of a comfortable and convenient rapid transit network."
The Region's rapid transit network will be joining York Region Transit (YRT) as part of an impressive family of transit services in York Region. This state-of-the-art rapid transit network is being developed in three phases over the next 20 years.
Rapid transit will link the urban centres of
The first phase will provide an integrated package of rapid transit elements, including modern rapid transit vehicles, stops that are located every one to two kilometres, and technology that will allow passengers to pre-purchase tickets and get real-time arrival information.
The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and York Region have each invested $50 million to fund the initial Quick Start phase.
When Quick Start is fully implemented in 2006, York Region estimates a 30 per cent increase in transit ridership in the rapid transit corridors – moving 7,000 car trips a day off the highway system.
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