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York Regional Road 7 is a major east-west arterial road in York Regionmarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker. It runs in Markhammarker, Richmond Hillmarker, and Vaughanmarker, and is one of the rare regional roads that stretch from the western limit to the eastern limit of York Region. It continues west into Peel Regionmarker as Peel Regional Road 107 (otherwise known as Queen Street), and east into Durham Regionmarker with its provincial highway status as Highway 7.

The road previously formed part of provincial Highway 7, and is still referred to as Highway 7 on road signs and in everyday use. However, York Region has approved a plan to rename the road Avenue 7.

Road information

  • Locally Referred to as: Highway 7
  • Municipalities (from east to west): Markhammarker, Richmond Hillmarker, Vaughanmarker
  • Length: 41 km (25.5 miles) (Within York Region),
  • Transportation: Mainly YRT Routes 1, and 77, along with Viva Purple
  • Points of Interest: Vaughan Metropolitan Centremarker, Richmond Hill Centre, Richmond Hill Centre Terminalmarker, Times Square, Seneca Collegemarker Markham Campus, First Markham Place, Downtown Markham, Markham Civic Centre (Anthony Roman Centre), Markham Theatre (walking distance needed), Markville Mall, Main Street Markham (intersects YRR7)
  • Road Status: Formerly a provincial highway, it was downgraded to the responsibility of the region. It has four lanes from Highway 50 to just before Highway 400, and from Montgomery Road to Main Street Markham. The rest of Highway 7 is 6 lanes. The section between Montgomery Road and Kennedy Road will be widened to 6 lanes in the near future, as Highway 7 forms the northern boundary of Downtown Markhammarker. It is an at-grade expressway from east of Keele Street to Bayview Avenue. The speed limit varies between 50 and 80 km/h (30 to 50 mph), with 70 km/h (45 mph) the most common.
  • Zoning: Generally a mix of everything, from high density residential to low density commercial, with lots of industrial in Vaughan, and lots of empty land along its boundary with the 407.
  • Additional Information: The road was downgraded from provincial highway status on January 1, 1998. Since there was no other name people in York Region know it by, it is still referred to as "Highway 7" in York Region today. YRR7 resumes its provincial highway status east of Main Street Markham. Higher density growth has begun to occur along the road, as a bid by municipalities to curb suburban sprawl.

Public transit

Highway 7 is served by YRT Route 1, and a joint service Route 77 by YRT and Brampton Transit. It is served by Viva Purple from McCowan Road to Yonge Street and Viva Orange from Interchange Way to Martin Grove Road. Numerous other routes also use portions of Highway 7, including:
  • YRT Route 10
  • YRT Route 23
  • YRT Route 40
  • YRT Route 41
  • YRT Route 87
  • YRT Route 522
  • TTC Route 25D
  • Viva Pink (peak hours only)
  • Viva Green (peak hours only)

Major roads/highways that cross Highway 7

(from west to east) Note: East of Donald Cousens Parkway, York Regional Road 7 is officially Highway 7

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