Viva (bus rapid transit)

Viva (Bus Rapid Transit)

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Viva is a bus rapid transit service operating in York Region, Ontario, Canada. Viva service is integrated with York Region Transit's local bus service to operate as one regional transit system providing seamless transit service across York Region and connections to northern Toronto.

Viva was designed and built using a Public-Private Partnership (P3) model. York Region partnered with York Consortium, which comprises seven private sector firms with extensive international experience in transit design, architecture, construction and operations. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, public sector responsibilities include establishing fare policies and service levels, ownership of all assets, and control of revenues and funding. Private sector responsibilities include providing professional staffing and procurement support, assuming risk on all approved budgets and schedules, and assisting York Region in its funding and financing requirements.

Viva officially opened in stages commencing September 6, 2005. The second stage opened on October 16, 2005, the third on November 20, 2005, and the fourth on January 2, 2006.

Five routes are currently in operation: Viva Blue, Viva Purple, Viva Orange, Viva Pink, and Viva Green.


Viva is the first phase of York Region's rapid transit plan to reduce congestion on local roads. The next phase is called vivaNext.

The service uses high-end Belgian-built Van Hool and Canadian-built NovaBus buses referred to as...
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