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Construction almost over at "Bayview Towers" vivastation

bayviewConstruction.pngMetrolinx and York Region contractors are just about finished building the new Bayview vivastation, part of the project to build a rapidway — bus-only rapid transit lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 East.

To improve access and comfort, the new station will feature an enclosed elevator and staircase that connect north-south service on Bayview to east-west service on Highway 7. The high elevator and stair structure has already resulted in commuters and local residents nick-naming the new vivastation as Bayview Towers.

Contractors expect to finish construction later this year. In the meantime, pedestrians can continue to use the temporary stairs and walkway to reach the temporary stop for westbound buses operating along the Viva pink and Viva purple routes.

Bayview vivastation is one of 11 new stations to serve passengers along the future bus rapid transit line in Markham and Richmond Hill. All will be passenger-friendly and provide greater comfort, convenience and accessibility than current stations. To improve visibility, reflective tinted glass will form the roof and side panels. Arrival / departure screens will display real-time schedule information.

Raised platforms will provide near-level boarding, eliminating the need to climb steps or lift objects. The platforms will be long enough accommodate several Viva buses, which will make getting on and off easier. Other key features of the stations include temperature- and motion-activated heaters and fully enclosed waiting areas. Each will also feature surveillance systems to increase security and contain energy-efficient lighting and ample seating, both in- and outside the stations.