On Monday, Mayor John Tory updated Torontonians on the second phase of the city’s congestion management plan.
A third-party traffic study, commissioned by Transportation Services, named 10 congestion hotspots in North America’s fourth largest city through traffic speed measurement during morning and afternoon peak periods.
The city’s plan was launched in January, and Tory revealed that steps to improve traffic flow and safety in the city are well underway.
“The number one priority for Toronto residents is their ability to move around this city quickly and safely. We’re taking action to keep Toronto moving by targeting some of our most congested intersections in the city,” said Tory. “Targeting these intersections with common sense solutions is a low-cost, high-impact initiative to get people moving while ensuring public safety.”
The study identified 10 regions of concern:
• Eglinton Avenue West and Martin Grove Road (Wards 3 and 4)
• Lawrence Avenue West and Black Creek Drive (Ward 12)
• St. Clair Avenue East and Mount Pleasant Avenue (Ward 22 and 27)
• Finch Avenue and Yonge Street (Wards 23 and 24)
• Sheppard Avenue and Yonge Street (Ward 23)
• Bloor Street East and Parliament Avenue (Ward 27 and 28)
• O’Connor Drive and Don Mills Road (Ward 29)
• Eastern Avenue and Carlaw Avenue (Ward 30)
• Finch Avenue East and Victoria Park Avenue (Wards 33, 39 and 40)
• Kingston Road and Lawrence Avenue East (Ward 43)
Solutions for the streets in question recommended from the study include traffic signal retiming for peak periods, turn restrictions, left-turn advance green, increasing the length of green time, and installing a closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
We’re making intersections work better through signal retiming, turn restrictions, advanced greens & CCTV cameras. #GetTOmoving
— John Tory (@JohnTory) September 26, 2016