It was a whopper of an announcement on Wednesday. York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch welcomed Premier Dalton McGuinty’s pledge of $1.4 billion in provincial transit money for new Viva buses and the construction of dedicated bus rapidways on Hwy. 7, Yonge St. and Davis Dr.
The political turmoil on Parliament Hill isn’t likely to derail the Yonge St. subway extension, transit officials say. Instead, federal dollars may flow, helping the project down the line to completion, YRT vice-president Mary-Frances Turner said Wednesday.
Viva bus service will grind to a halt at 4 a.m. Thursday morning when drivers will begin striking.
A Monday-morning strike by Viva bus operators has been averted after a tentative deal was reached Sunday.
Preliminary work on the $2.1-billion Yonge St. subway extension plan is moving quickly and York Region Rapid Transit is wasting no time in jumping to the next phase.