April 27, 2007
Media Release

Viva Phase 2 design workshops to be held in May and June


Members of the public invited to help shape the look and feel of this rapid transit initiative
 
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is hosting two design workshops as it embarks on the design and engineering for Viva Phase 2, the second phase of York Region’s three-phase rapid transit plan. 
 
Viva Phase 2 involves the construction of approximately 67 kilometres of dedicated transit-only lanes called “Rapidways”.  These Rapidways will be located in the centre-of-the-road and are reserved for public transit, allowing Viva vehicles to cut through congested traffic and significantly reduce travel times for riders.
 
The Viva Phase 2 workshops are open to members of the public and will focus on the design of the first segment of Viva Phase 2 – Yonge Street from Steeles Avenue to the Richmond Hill Centre Terminal.  Viva staff will lead small group discussions about the look and feel of key Viva Phase 2 elements.
 
Construction of the first segment of Viva Phase 2 is scheduled to begin in 2008.
 
This is the second round of public meetings this year.  More than 200 people attended the first round of meetings held in February and March.
 

Workshop  #1
Date:    Thursday, May 3rd 
Location:   Thornhill Presbyterian Church, 271 Centre Street, City of Vaughan
Nearest vivastation:  Centre St. (500-metre walk)
YRT routes:   #3 & #77
 
Workshop #2
Date:    Thursday, June 7th  
Location:   Thornhill Presbyterian Church, 271 Centre Street, City of Vaughan
Nearest vivastation:  Centre St. (500-metre walk)
YRT routes:   #3 & #77
 

Please note:  An open house will begin at 7 p.m.  The workshops will run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the evening will conclude at approximately 9 p.m. 
 
For more information on the upcoming open houses, members of the public can visit the Viva website at www.vivayork.com or call the Viva Phase 2 Community Liaison at (416) 989-6186.
 
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Media Contact: Vijay Chauhan, Communications Specialist, York Region Rapid Transit
 Phone:  (905) 886-6767, Ext. 2250 or Cell: (416) 315-5633
 Email: vijay.chauhan@york.ca

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