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Viva bus lanes coming to Hwy. 7 in Vaughan

The next phase of York Region’s transit expansion plan includes dedicated bus lanes along a stretch of Highway 7 in Vaughan.

A 3.5-kilometre stretch of the highway will be widened to allow for more Viva buses, Metrolinx announced on Monday.

The project will begin at Interchange Way and Edgeley Boulevard and end just east of Keele Street at Bowes Road.

The expansion will also include three new Viva stations and a connection to Toronto’s expanded Yonge-University subway line at the new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

“Our plan will make it easier for people to take transit, help reduce gridlock, improve the quality of the air we breathe and help our economy to grow,” Minister of Transportation Bob Chiarelli told 680News.

Steven Del Duca, MPP for Vaughan, said the expansion would help commuters, no matter where they’re from or what mode of transport they use.

 “Whether you live, work or visit Vaughan, congestion will be reduced and commuters will have a better means to get around with this improved rapid transit,” he said in a statement.

The project is expected to cost $150 million.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013 and to be completed by the end of 2015.