Mayor John Tory has unveiled his plan to tackle traffic congestion at Toronto’s 10 busiest intersections.
Tory made the announcement at one of those intersection, Yonge and Sheppard, along with the Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Jaye Robinson.
The “Get Moving” plan will add “smart” traffic signals to the 10 hot-spot intersections, building on the success of last year’s six-point congestion plan.
Tory says his plan to target illegal parking during rush hour, improved traffic signal coordination and sped up construction work has had a positive impact in the downtown core.
As part of Phase 2 of the plan the city will see changes made beginning in a few weeks.
• Develop a comprehensive curbside management strategy to respond to competing demands for curb space from vehicles such as delivery trucks, taxis, cyclists, motorcycles and transit vehicles, through measures that could include off-peak delivery programs;
• Pilot an upgrade of the city’s “smart” traffic signal system in late 2016/early 2017 so that it can adapt to real-time traffic volumes and allocate more “green time” to keep traffic moving;
• Initiate a Traffic Assistance Personnel (TAP) pilot that would use dedicated Toronto Police staff to direct and manage traffic at busy intersections;
• Expand the existing Smart Commute program, which sees medium- and large-scale employers encourage different commuting options for their staff; and
• Develop a Road Safety Strategic Plan, using city data and international best practices to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe and reduce traffic fatalities.
Later this month, Councillor Jaye Robinson will hold a roundtable to look into how to reduce pedestrian deaths in 2016.
Expansion of smart commute program, encouraging companies to promote carpooling & working from home. #getTOmoving
— John Tory (@JohnTory) January 6, 2016
— City of Toronto (@TorontoComms) January 6, 2016