City announces traffic management plan during strike



The City of Toronto wants to make sure that people can still get around Toronto if transit workers strike on Monday.

It plans to help drivers of emergency vehicles, carpoolers and cyclists cope by getting them quickly through the heavy traffic that may result from a transit strike.

In addition, the Parking Enforcement Unit of the Toronto Police Service will aggressively tag and tow all vehicles whose drivers have parked them on City streets during the emergency “No Stopping,” “No Standing” and “No Parking” periods. The enforcement officers will waive the “No Stopping” rule for all motorists stopping at transit stops to pick up passengers or to let passengers out of their vehicles.

Emergency vehicles

The City has set up a series of emergency traffic measures and is encouraging drivers to keep to the right side of the road when they hear an emergency vehicle nearby and clear a path in the middle of the road for the emergency vehicle to pass.

If a strike occurs, the City will designate these streets as emergency routes and ban all parking from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday to Friday:

  • Avenue Road / Queen’s Park / University Avenue between Lawrence Avenue West and Front Street West;
  • Bloor Street / Prince Edward Viaduct / Danforth Avenue between Jane Street and Victoria Park Avenue;
  • Eglinton Avenue between Allen and Brentcliffe Roads; and
  • Yonge Street between Front Street and Steeles Avenue;

and these streets near major hospitals:

  • Bayview Avenue between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues East;
  • Finch Avenue West between Highway 400 and Jane Street;
  • Lawrence Avenue East between Markham and Brimley Roads; and
  • McCowan Road between Eglinton Avenue East and Ellesmere Road;
  • the Queensway between Roncesvalles Avenue and Parkside Drive.

The emergency rules exempt no one. Parking enforcement officers will ticket your vehicle if you park it on one of these streets during the emergency period, even if it displays a disabled parking permit.

Carpools

If a strike occurs, the City will designate reserved transit lanes on Eglinton Avenue, Fleet Street, King Street and Pape Avenue as carpool lanes. Drivers of vehicles carrying three or more people will be able to drive along the transit lanes to get to and from work.

The City has also set up free parking lots for carpoolers at 14 community recreation centres in Toronto.

Cyclists

If a strike occurs, the City will extend the current bike-path network. It will designate the curb lanes on both sides of Bay Street between Queens Quay West and Yorkville Avenue, Dundas Street East between River Street and Broadview Avenue and Queens Quay West between Lower Spadina Avenue and Yonge Street for bicycles only. The City will ban stopping on all “bicycle-only” lanes.