February 6, 2007
Media Release

Viva Phase 2 open houses to be held in February and March

Members of the public invited to learn more about this rapid transit initiative
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York is hosting three public open houses 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 open houses are open to members of the public and will focus on the planning and construction of the first segment of Viva Phase 2 Yonge Street from Steeles Avenue to the Richmond Hill Centre Terminal.  Viva personnel will update the public on the approved Environmental Assessment and review work plans for the coming months.
If funding is secured, construction of the first segment could begin by Spring 2008.
Date:    Thursday, February 8th
Location:   Thornhill Presbyterian Church, 271 Centre Street, City of Vaughan
Nearest vivastation:  Centre St. (500-metre walk)
YRT routes:   #3 & #77
Date:     Wednesday, February 21st
Location:   Garnet Williams Community Centre, 501 Clark Avenue, City of Vaughan
Nearest vivastation:  Promenade (change to YRT route 23 or 160)
YRT routes:  #5, #23 & #160
Date:     Thursday, March 1st
Location:    Heintzman House, 135 Bay Thorn Drive, Town of Markham
Nearest vivastation:  Royal Orchard (800-metre walk)
YRT routes:   #3
Please note:  All open houses will begin at 7 p.m.  A formal presentation will begin at 8 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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