The vivaNext – H3 Project is part of York Region Rapid Transit Corporation’s plan for the next generation of rapid transit. The contract is a $235 million GMP. The project includes the construction of rapid ways — dedicated centre bus lanes — and 22 state-of-the-art station platforms. The 6.4 kilometre project will transform the Highway 7 corridor into a visually appealing and pedestrian-friendly environment. To prepare for this growing region, the stations were designed to service future light rail vehicles.
The project involves widening the existing roadway on both sides, including drainage, grading and paving. It involves extending existing bridges, structural culverts and construction of retaining walls. This creates the space to construct rapid ways and stations in the centre of the roadway. The 55-metre long stations feature tinted glass canopy roofs that extend over the boarding area to protect passengers from the weather. Other amenities include heated enclosures and variable message signs (VMS) that provide real-time scheduling information. Another unique feature is the extensive boulevard construction which includes suspended slab sidewalks that provide topsoil cavities below for the boulevard trees to grow.
A project objective is to minimize disruption and provide consistent communication to the traveling public, pedestrians, transit operations, and businesses. Tools used are construction bulletins, traffic alerts, and newsletters. Roadside VMS were installed to provide real-time travel and construction information. In addition, a business support program was developed which include signage, marketing, and advertising campaigns.