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Mary-Frances Turner is President of York Region Rapid Transit Corporation in Ontario, Canada.

With over 30 years’ experience in urban planning and corporate leadership, Mary-Frances’ role has been central to the implementation and continued development of rapid transit in York Region. With the project since its inception in 2001, Mary-Frances led the public/private partnership team that launched the award-winning viva rapid transit service and is now implementing vivaNext – the next generation of rapid transit in York Region. vivaNext projects include two subway extensions, two bus terminals, and dedicated bus lanes on key corridors.

Mary-Frances has a background in planning and development, with private sector companies and with the City of Markham, where she implemented new urbanist communities and began the York Region Rapid Transit Plan.


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    In York Region/Canada, we’re looking to ensure we have infrastructure and services in place to meet the needs of a growing and changing population. Smart intensification and transit policies have been a catalyst to building a strong, world class transit system and creating new, vibrant urban centres. The viva rapidways are not simply dedicated bus lanes, but the unlocking of potential, providing walkable, livable and desirable communities through smart growth, attractive streetscapes and investment. Transformation is taking shape in the urban centres and along the rapidways. Rapid transit is moving people and helping to build strong, prosperous, vibrant cities and transit hubs. The building blocks for creating great cities start with supporting transit first policies. They are fundamentally the same world-wide: they enhance quality of life, support the environment and the economy.