If you have been Markham or Richmond Hill in recent years, you may have encountered heavy construction and traffic, especially if you were travelling along Highway 7 or north of Major MacKenzie along Yonge Street. These projects are part of Metrolinx’s $1.4 billion endeavour to improve York Region’s transit system.
The projects involve constructing dedicated lanes in the centre of roads that will allow transit buses to escape congested traffic. What this means for travellers is more reliable and frequent service - with two to five minutes between bus arrivals during peak hours, and connections to other transit systems. In addition to helping travellers get around York Region, the projects also aim to create more pedestrian-friendly communities where people can live, work, play and shop.
The first of the projects started in 2009 and the last is expected to be completed by 2020, with over 34.2 km of new rapidways.