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vivaNext York Region Rapid Transit

IBI Group is part of a design consortium working in partnership with Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation, Regional Municipality of York and other stakeholders to design and build vivaNext  — a bus rapid transit (BRT) system to serve the future of the region and alleviate congestion in the Greater Toronto Area. 

York Region Rapid Transit Corporation
York Region, ON

Located just north of Toronto, York Region is one of the fastest growing jurisdictions in North America with over 1.1 million residents and a steep growth rate. Official plans for the region acted as a precursor to Metrolinx’s The Big Move and included a rapid transit system in three corridors with a distance of over 70 km. Designed to evolve with urban intensification, IBI Group was instrumental in defining the technology required and method of operation.

As an early member of the consortium, IBI Group was responsible for conceptualizing the required strategy and is now designing and implementing bus rapid transit in these corridors. 

vivaNext’s unique design delivers a subway-like experience with a special focus on the passenger experience – making them feel like they’re getting from point A-to-B with as few obstructions as possible.

Both client and consortium staff collaborated to facilitate teamwork and accelerate the process, and the multi-phase development expanded in scope over the years. Beginning with network development, planning, and environmental assessments, the vivaNext BRT Transit System now operates in reserved lanes on arterial roads. IBI Group has since become manager of the design effort for four groups of design-build projects. 

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Darlene Broderick

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Landscape Architecture
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Darlene Broderick is a licensed Landscape Architect and Urban Planner. Spanning 25 years, her professional career covers a broad range of international and local work in both the public and private sectors. She has been involved in urban intensification projects, mobility hub projects, municipal corridor studies, adaptive reuse, streetscape master plans, secondary planning, policy and new town planning. Darlene’s comprehensive experience working at scales from detailed construction of streetscape designs to secondary planning, with a focus on issues related to urban design and complete streets, has led to a greater understanding of the impact and importance of creating connected, vibrant and walkable communities.
Current notable projects include the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and multiple phases of the vivaNext BRT.

Mike Corby

Director - Office Lead, Markham
Markham, ON

Markham, ON

Mike Corby P.Eng is a Transportation Engineer specializing in traffic operations for 20 years. His experience includes the development of transportation practices and policies, design and operation of traffic control devices, as well as the procurement and implementation of traffic signal control systems and transit management systems.

Mike is also highly regarded as a technical expert in the ITS field, specifically in the areas of traffic signal systems and equipment, adapting to the greater emphasis on surface urban transit systems. He works collaboratively with IBI offices across North America, and has been a key contributor to Rapid Transit AFP/P3 projects and procurement.

Onofrio Aniello

Associate | Manager, Electrical Engineering
Markham, ON

Markham, ON

Onofrio Aniello has been the lead on a number of lighting, electrical and communications projects. His electrical experience includes power distribution, lighting design, and preparation of tender packages, construction management, contract administration, and construction supervision for electrical projects. His communications experience includes communications infrastructure design, integration and implementation with various building systems. He has also worked on structured cabling design for commercial buildings, security system design and telecommunications systems design and implementation for voice and data applications in healthcare environments.

Onofrio is a Professional Engineer registered with the PEO and is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and he is a member of BICSI and holds the professional designation of Registered Communications Distribution Designer. He is also registered as a qualified designer in the field of Lighting, Detection and Power with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in Ontario.