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YRT/Viva Construction Thread (Rapidways, Terminals)

brainfreezed

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It would be nice if they could paint the pavement, like the bridge in Brampton (https://www.google.com/search?q=franceschini+bridge), and put planters or benches or things along it to make it not so sterile. Otherwise it's probably a lot more comfortable than walking on a thin sidewalk at the edge of fast moving traffic, and having to cross uncontrolled highway ramps. I'm interested in giving it a try on my bike.
 

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That's assuming that YRT allows ZUM buses to use it. Considering that they don't even allow their own vehicles to use the already open sections elsewhere, it wouldn't surprise me if the ZUM buses were relegated to the regular traffic lanes.

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I was able to confirm that Züm uses the new Rapidway. 501 buses use the [takes deep breath] SmartCentres Place Bus Terminal at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre to layover and turn around.

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Here's a few construction photos from recently. Everything between Bernard and 16th is from inside the bus.

16th SB (structure done, glass side coming soon?)
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Weldrick SB

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Major Mac NB? (North of mac is the heritage area). Appears to be still in foundation stage
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Elgin Mills NB. Structure and glass are in.
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Bernard NB (Foundation?)
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Bernard SB. They put the tarps up last week, and there's currently an air compressor running at the stop. Can't see inside. Structure and glass are done.
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They also have hundreds of lane dividers sitting on pallets along most of the route.
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this may have already been posted earlier, but have yrt said what the theoretical time savings are on these new parts of the rapidway?
 

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Exciting news from York Region. I expect @ShonTron and others will be very excited :)
ALL CAPS!! A NEW PENGUIN!
Well,, Honestly how can they not support/disagree since this was a legally binding agreement. I guess as a silver lining theres less syllables to remember and this will be a lesson on how to deal with
future cases of naming when selling air rights.
 

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Went and walked the centre median crossing over highway 7 today. The new roads around VMC have opened which seem to make a big impact on traffic, though they aren’t quite finished yet with sidewalks and bike lanes still being incomplete.

I found the bus lane to help a lot to buffer traffic from the median area, especially since bus frequencies are so low. It felt sketchy enough as it is, if traffic was right beside the barrier it would have felt very unsafe.

the crossing to get to it across the 400 off ramp intersection feels very unsafe, it feels like you shouldn’t be there as you are right in the middle of the road. it improves once you cross and enter the median barrier part but still sort of feels wrong and unsafe, much like i thought it would.

it probably works best as a cycling connection, but the median area where you wait to cross back to the side of the road seems to have no accommodation for cyclists to make that same shift. It’s just a small sidewalk space that could only fit maybe a handful of bikes and pedestrians at once.

interesting to see accessible tactile strips in that median waiting area, I haven’t seen those on sidewalks before this.



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