It’s a problem which doesn’t appear to have a quick and easy solution, but the Mayor maintains it’s a start.
Since taking office, John Tory promised to tackle the worsening gridlock choking the downtown core, and, with Toronto Police, launched a couple of tag and tow traffic blitzes.
Tory says there are posted signs indicating where drivers are not permitted to stop but many drivers aren’t paying attention, and block lanes to grab a “quick” coffee or drop off a passenger.
The Globe and Mail asked GPS navigation system TomTom to analyse some downtown roads to see if these blitzes are actually improving traffic flow.
Overall data suggests there hasn’t been much change to travel times, with some roads slower or unchanged.
Some routes were a bit faster, for example Richmond Street in the morning and southbound Spadina Avenue in the evening saw travel times reduced by more than 90 seconds.
TomTom admits the data is imperfect; the entire city was not covered and it was not able to incorporate all of the variables which make traffic so complex.
Mayor Tory says things would have been worse if nothing was done at all.
He’s waiting for the City to get it’s own 2015 data to get a better idea of what’s really happening.