Welcome to Vaughan’s emerging downtown, the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC)
“Creating a true ‘downtown’ has been the vision for the City of Vaughan since the rapid growth of the 1980s and 1990s changed the city from a quiet collection of communities into a thriving urban centre”
With the Provincial announcement in 2006 committing to funding a subway into Vaughan, my vision for the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) came about, comprising of a vibrant modern centre for residents and businesses encompassing all amenities of an urban lifestyle, including inspiring multi-use office towers, residences, open green space and pedestrian squares, shopping areas and restaurants, and walking and cycling paths. The VMC showcases Vaughan’s commitment to forward thinking and sustainable urban design and development, and will transform the way the you live, work, and play here in the City of Vaughan!
In this 4 part series, I will be highlighting some of the features of the VMC. This week, I will be looking at accessibility and transportation in the VMC.
Located in the heart of Greater Toronto Area, minutes to countless amenities, services, and other major municipalities, the VMC will surely cement itself as a go-to destination for live, work, and play in the region.
With so much happening in the Greater Toronto Area, being centrally located is essential to ensuring any resident’s livability and day-to-day experiences are optimized by having accessibility, not only to their own community, but to the entire region. With many major highways and regional public transit options, the VMC is perfectly situated to make the most of everything the Greater Toronto Area has to offer.
The VMC is directly situated among several major transportation arteries including; Highway 400, Highway 407, and Highway 7, allowing easy automobile access in and out of Vaughan, and beyond.
In addition to this, there are a variety of major public transportation options in the VMC that will allow flawless connectivity and transferring for commuters between several public transit authorities including; York Regional Transit, Toronto Transit Commission, and Brampton Transit.
The Highway 7 Viva Rapid Way
The Highway 7 Viva Rapid Way is a dedicated bus rapid transit (BRT) lane spanning from the City of Markham to the City of Vaughan, and provides several connection points to the rest of the Viva Rapid Way network.
Smart Centres Terminal
York Region Transit (YRT) will operate from this terminal. A designated underground pedestrian walking tunnel will provide flawless connectivity to the TTC line 1 through the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station.
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Line 1 subway
This is your link to downtown Toronto’s Union Station in only 45 minutes, and your link to connect to the rest of the TTC network. From Toronto’s Union Station, you can catch a VIA Rail train, or take the Union Pearson Express train to Pearson International airport in only 25 minutes.
Vaughan is committed to providing pedestrians with active transportation infrastructure in the VMC. Designated bike lanes exist along Highway 7, Millway Avenue, and Apple Mill Road.
An active pedestrian presence contributes to a downtown’s overall vibrancy. In the VMC, pedestrians do not need to rely on a car to carry out their day-to-day tasks – rather pedestrian-friendly streets, public squares, access points, and designated walkways are all being implemented to ensure pedestrian walkability is prioritized over vehicular transportation in the VMC.