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Revising traffic rules to speed TTC service?
Public meetings, June 17, 25, 29



The City of Toronto is proposing to extend some rush-hour traffic restrictions along College and Carlton Streets, Dundas Streets East and West and Queen Streets East and West.

Sections of the city’s traffic by-law regulate stopping, parking and turning left turns to improve travel times along key downtown routes during rush hours by keeping the full road capacity available to to improve travel times for motorists, cyclists — and streetcars.

The City’s Transportation Services division is working with the TTC to “develop policies to guide decisions that affect surface transit operations” in Toronto.

The project team is:

  • analyzing geographic positioning service (GPS) data for the streetcar routes along the three corridors;
  • looking at how rush-hour restrictions function along the routes;
  • finding opportunities to improve streetcar travel times and reliability. For example, where streetcar travel times increase sharply after restrictions end (for example, after 6 p.m.), the project team is considering extending the peak period by half an hour or an hour to improve the flow of transit, general traffic, and cyclists. In a few cases, it’s considering reducing peak hours restrictions.

Other measures to improve transit include:

  • retiming traffic signals to give more “green time” to traffic moving int the peak direction;
  • introducing “active transit signal priority”, meaning programing signals to illuminate green lights for a longer time and illuminate red for a shorter time, when the signal mechanism detects streetcars at the intersection.
  • introducing all-door boarding and a “proof-of-payment” system on all streetcars; and
  • enforcing traffic regulations more regularly.

The City and TTC want to know what you think of the proposals. They’re hosting three public meetings where you can learn about the proposals, ask questions and provide feedback. All presentations start at 7 p.m.

Meetings take place:


Wednesday, June 17

Mary McCormick Community Centre,
66 Sheridan Avenue
From 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

Getting there by public transit

  • southbound buses operating along the 29 Dufferin route to Dufferin and Gordon Streets. Walk west along Gordon one block to Sheridan. Cross to the west side of Sheridan and walk one block north to the community centre.
  • northbound buses operating along the 29 Dufferin route to Dufferin and Gordon Streets. Cross Dufferin at the signal, then walk west along Gordon one block to Sheridan. Cross to the west side of Sheridan and walk one block north to the community centre.
  • eastbound streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to Dundas Street West and Brock Avenue. Cross Brock at the signal, then walk one block east to Sheridan Avenue and two blocks south to the community centre.
  • westbound streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to Dundas Street West and Dufferin Street. Cross Dufferin and Dundas West at the signal, then walk one block east to Sheridan Avenue and two blocks south to the community centre.

Thursday, June 25

Scadding Court Community Centre
707 Dundas Street West
From 6 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit

  • eastbound streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to Bathurst Street. Cross Bathurst at the signal to the southeast corner.
  • westbound streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to Bathurst Street. Cross Dundas West at the signal to the southeast corner.
  • southbound streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route to Dundas Street West. Cross Bathurst and Dundas West at the signal to the southwest corner.
  • northbound streetcars operating along the 511 Bathurst route to Dundas Street West, in front of the community centre.

Monday, June 29

City Hall
Committee Room 2
Second Floor
100 Queen Street West.
From 6 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit

  • subway trains operating along the 1 Yonge - University line to Queen Station. Leave by the Albert Street / City Hall exit, then walk two blocks west.
  • subway trains operating along the 1 Yonge - University line to Osgoode Station. Walk east along Queen Street West one block, then cross Nathan Phillips Square to the entrance of City Hall.
  • southbound buses operating along the 6 Bay route to Bay Street across from Albert Street, beside City Hall.
  • northbound buses operating along the 6 Bay route to Bay and Albert Streets. Cross Bay Street at the signal to City Hall.
  • eastbound streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route to Queen Street West and Bay Street. Cross Queen West at the signal and continue across Nathan Phillips Square to City Hall.
  • westbound streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route to Queen Street West and Bay Street. Cross Bay at the signal and continue across Nathan Phillips Square to City Hall.

The City extended some peak-hour restrictions on College Street in 2008 to improve streetcar service, enhance cycling and maintain an efficient traffic flow during rush hours.

More recently, the City extended peak-hour restrictions on King Street West between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets in 2014. It implemented these new rules to improve traffic flow and streetcar service along the TTC’s busiest surface transit route. It currently has rush-hour restrictions in place from 7 until 10 a.m. and from 3 until 7 p.m. along King Street.

Similarly, it wants to revise the restrictions on College and Carlton Streets between Dundas Street West and Parliament Street and on Dundas and Queen Streets West and East between Roncesvalles Avenue and Parliament.

You can view the current restrictions and the proposals for each corridor:

  • College and Carlton Streets here. (.pdf)
  • Dundas Streets West and East here. (.pdf)
  • Queen Streets West and East here. (.pdf)