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Viva Blue, or the Finch/Richmond Hill/Newmarket line, is a line on the Viva bus rapid transit system in York Regionmarker, north of Torontomarker, Canadamarker. It is operated by Connex Transportation, under contract from the Region of York.

List of all stations

There are twenty-five stations on the Viva Blue line (from north to south):
Name Opening Date City / Town Zone Major Connections
Viva Blue
Newmarket Terminalmarker November 20, 2005 Newmarketmarker, Ontariomarker North GO Transit
Eagle November 20, 2005 Newmarketmarker, Ontariomarker North
Mulock November 20, 2005 Newmarketmarker, Ontariomarker North
Savage September 6, 2009 Newmarketmarker, Ontariomarker North
Orchard Heights November 20, 2005 Auroramarker, Ontariomarker North
Wellington November 20, 2005 Auroramarker, Ontariomarker North
Golf Links November 20, 2005 Auroramarker, Ontariomarker North
Henderson November 20, 2005 Auroramarker, Ontariomarker North
Bloomington November 20, 2005 Auroramarker/Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker Fare-Change
King November 20, 2005 Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker Fare-Change
Jefferson November 16, 2008 Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker South
19th-Gamble November 20, 2005 Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker South
Bernardmarker September 4, 2005 Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker South
Elgin Mills September 4, 2005 Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker South
Crosby September 4, 2005 Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker South
Major Mackenzie September 4, 2005 Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker South
Weldrick September 4, 2005 Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker South
16th-Carrvillemarker September 4, 2005 Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker South
Bantry-Scottmarker September 4, 2005 Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker South
Richmond Hill Centremarker September 4, 2005 Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker South Viva Purple, Viva Pink, GO Transit (Langstaffmarker)
Royal Orchardmarker September 4, 2005 Markhammarker/Vaughanmarker, Ontariomarker South Viva Pink
Centre St. September 4, 2005 Markhammarker/Vaughanmarker, Ontariomarker South Viva Pink
Clark September 4, 2005 Markhammarker/Vaughanmarker, Ontariomarker South Viva Pink
Steeles September 4, 2005 Markhammarker/Vaughanmarker, Ontariomarker South Viva Pink
Finch Stationmarker September 4, 2005 Torontomarker, Ontariomarker South Viva Pink, Yonge-University-Spadina (Finchmarker), GO Transit, Brampton Transit


Service from Finch Station to Bernard began on September 4, 2005. Service north of Bernard to Newmarket Terminal began November 20, 2005.

Passengers travelling between north of Bloomington and south of King must pay a two-zone fare; all others, including those starting or stopping at one of those stations, only pay for one zone.

There is also a Viva Blue Short Turn route operating from Finch Station to Bernard, operating entirely at peak periods only. According to the original environmental assessments, it is also known as the Finchmarker-Richmond Hillmarker line.

vivaNext

In the future, the Viva Blue line, as the Yonge Street transit corridor, may have its own subway from Richmond Hill Centremarker south to Finch Stationmarker, as part of the Toronto Transit Commission's Yonge subway extension. North of Richmond Hill Centre, Viva Blue will have its own dedicated rapidway for most of the route from Richmond Hill Centre north to Green Lane, and along Davis Drive and Green Lane east from Yonge Street to Highway 404 and East Gwillimbury GO Stationmarker, respectively, enabling VIVA buses to quickly pass through traffic. Eventually, the entire portion of rapidway will also be upgraded to allow light rail transit on this corridor.

Originally, the southern portion of the Yonge Street rapidway was to be implemented from 19th Avenue to Finch Station, but since the announcement of MoveOntario 2020 by the Ontario provincial government, proposals of the portion of rapidway from Richmond Hill Centre to Finch Station have been shelved for the subway extension on Yonge Street.

The initial phase of vivaNext brings a rapidway along the portion of Viva Blue from Richmond Hill Centre to 19th Avenue/Gamble Road and from Mulock Drive to Davis Drive on Yonge Street, as well as one along Davis Drive east from Yonge Street to Highway 404. Stations along the rapidway will be lengthened and include heated shelters protected from the elements. Later phases will amalgamate the two separate rapidways into one continuous rapidway along Yonge Street from Richmond Hill Centre newly extended to Green Lane, bring a rapidway along Green Lane east from Yonge Street to East Gwillimbury GO Station, as well as extend the Yonge subway from Finch Station to Richmond Hill Centre. Stations along the subway would conform to the pre-existing subway system.

The list of stations are as follows, from north to south (on Yonge Street), and from west to east (on Davis Drive and Green Lane):

Along the Green Lane rapidway (from Yonge Street)



Along the Davis Drive rapidway (from Yonge Street)



Along the Yonge Street rapidway



Along the Yonge Street subway



  • Newly Introduced Stations
  • Stations to Be Upgraded in Future Phases


An online survey asked riders what stations they would like built along this portion of the subway. The station at Royal Orchard Boulevard was picked out of two possible locations serving the Thornhill's historic district, the other location being at Centre Streetmarker. This was because the station would have a decreased impact on the historic district.

Service frequency

As of September 8, 2009:

  • Newmarket Terminal to Bernard: every 8.5 minutes on peak periods
  • Bernard to Finch Station: every 4 minutes on peak periods


At rush hour from Richmond Hill Centre to Finch Station, Viva Blue interlines with Viva Pink, providing even higher frequencies

Service frequency on off-peak periods is every 15 minutes or less on all Viva corridors. These results will vary depending on the traffic volume, weather, and the period of the day.

Travel times

As of September 3, 2006:

  • Newmarket Terminal to Bernard: 33 minutes on peak periods, 28 minutes on off-peak periods
  • Bernard to Richmond Hill Centre: 20 minutes on peak periods, 15 minutes on off-peak periods
  • Richmond Hill Centre to Finch Station: 18 minutes on peak periods, 16 minutes on off-peak periods


These results will vary depending on the traffic volume and weather.


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