August 23, 2006
AMO recognizes the
The award was accepted by York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch, who is also President of the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation, at the 2006 Annual AMO Conference in
“One of our greatest challenges in York Region is congestion and Viva Rapid Transit already is making a huge difference that will be sustainable for years to come,” said Chair Fisch. “Viva is making it possible for people to leave their cars at home, which also creates a positive impact on the air we breathe.”
The Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Award recognizes municipal governments that demonstrate excellence in the use of innovative approaches to improve capital and/or operating efficiency, and to generate effectiveness through alternative service delivery initiatives and partnerships.
“The vision for Viva Rapid Transit includes more than just shorter commutes to work,” said Town of
According to AMO, York Region’s Viva Rapid Transit is a model for the management of growing commuter needs, efficient implementation and better environmental protection.
Viva links the Region’s urban centres of
Viva is the first public-private partnership of its kind in
Viva is in its first of three phases in a 20-year transit expansion plan. The first phase was implemented quickly and efficiently, going from vision to reality in three years. The project delivery method was on time and on budget. Within four months in early 2005, total transit boardings along the
In Phase 2, the Region will build dedicated transit lanes separating the Viva vehicles from mixed traffic. If funding is secured and the environmental assessments approved, construction could begin as early as 2007.
Named in honour of one of
The Innovation Award’s objective is to showcase instances where
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