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City of Toronto to Extend Peak-Hour Restrictions

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The City of Toronto is extending peak hour restrictions along  Dundas Street, College/Carlton Streets, and Queen Street West to improve travel times with TTC streetcar service along these routes.

What are peak-hour restrictions?

The City of Toronto explains peak-hour restrictions as “driving and parking restrictions during morning and evening rush hours, or ‘peak hours’. These by-law sections regulate stopping, parking, and left turn movements. These restrictions are in place to improve travel times along key downtown routes during rush hours by keeping the full road capacity available to motorists, transit vehicles, and cyclists.”

Have your say

Two more public meetings are set for the following dates:

June 25, 2015

Wards 19 & 20

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas Street West

June 29, 2015

Wards 27 & 28

6:00pm – 8:00pm

City Hall, Committee Room 2

Transit Toronto reports that the City’s Transportation Services division is working with the TTC on  the following initiatives:

  • 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.

Rush hour regulations on King Street began on January 5, 2015 in an effort to speed 504 streetcar service along the route. The zero tolerance policy is part of Mayor John Tory’s plan to ease congestion on busy city streets. Breaking the rules came with hefty fines but commuters say the changes have impacted travel time.

Do you  think the changes will positively impact your commute time using the TTC along Dundas Street, College/Carlton Streets, and Queen Street West?  Read more about the proposed changes from The City of Toronto’s website.