In efforts to keep traffic in Toronto moving, a pilot project announced by Mayor John Tory comes into effect Monday.
The Traffic Assistance Personnel, or paid-duty officers, will start directing traffic in some of the city’s busiest intersections, as well as manage pedestrians, and cyclists, and ensure intersections are kept clear.
“Our laws have become a joke and traffic has become more of a nightmare. There is no reason why a vehicle in rush hour, or any other time for that matter, should be blocking an intersection or that a vehicle should be blocking traffic waiting to make an illegal left turn.” – Mayor John Tory
The intersections which will have officers on site:
Bay St. and Queen St.
Front St. and Simcoe St.
Lakeshore Blvd. and Parklawn Rd.
Yonge St. and Sheppard Ave.
Front St. and University Ave.
Bay St. and Bloor St.
University Ave. and Adelaide St.
Bay St. and Front St.
There will be another pilot in the fall, and Tory says he will push for full implementation if both prove to be successful in clearing some of the gridlock from Toronto’s streets.