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June 19, 2003
City implements area traffic management plan for Ontario Place Festival of Fire
Works and Emergency Services - The City of Toronto is implementing its
co-ordinated traffic management plan for the Ontario Place Festival of Fire
program at Ontario Place, scheduled for Saturday, June 21 at 10:30 p.m. and
again during events on June 28 and July 1.

Toronto Transportation Services co-ordinates the plan in conjunction with
Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Exhibition and
Ontario Place staff to manage the crowds of more than 100,000 expected to
attend this event.

"To enjoy this event to the fullest, taking public transit is the fastest, most
convenient way of getting there," said David Kaufman, General Manager of
Toronto Transportation Services. "If you decide to drive, plan to arrive early,
use authorized parking lots, and above all, remember to drive safely at all

The City's traffic management strategy includes:
  • Transit-first plan - selected street and access ramp closures help manage the downtown core traffic by giving road priority to TTC vehicles. (In 1999, the Bathurst streetcar completed a trip to the Bathurst subway station at Bloor Street in only 30 minutes, compared with drive time of one hour and 20 minutes).
  • F.G. Gardiner Expressway ramp and street closures (see attached list for timings and locations).
  • Information from the RESCU cameras enables staff to inform drivers of traffic flow updates on overhead message signs and provide media with up-to-the minute road condition reports.
  • Emergency response plan - Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Police personnel will be on duty within the grounds of Ontario Place. More than 70 police officers will be stationed at signalized intersections and strategic points along the Expressway to assist with traffic flow and pedestrian safety. Ramp closures also ensure emergency vehicles quick response access. Tow trucks will remove any unlawfully parked vehicle that police determine to be obstructing traffic.
  • Traffic-signal timing adjustments - to better suit traffic flow resulting from increased demand.
Road and ramp closures for Ontario Place Festival of Fire events

Eastbound ramp closures (effective 9:30 p.m.)
From Gardiner Expressway:
- ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West, east of Park Lawn Road
- ramp to Jameson Avenue

Westbound ramp closures (effective 9:30 p.m.)
From Gardiner Expressway:
- ramp to Spadina Avenue
- ramp to Dunn Avenue / Jameson Avenue

Westbound Jameson Avenue on-ramp from Lake Shore Boulevard West to Gardiner

Street closures - to all but TTC vehicles (effective 9:30 p.m.)
  • Fleet Street from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street
  • Strachan Avenue from Princes Gates? to Ordinance Street
  • Bathurst Street, southbound from Front Street West to Lake Shore Boulevard West
  • Dufferin Street, southbound from Springhurst Avenue
Note: The
above closures remain in effect until after the event when officials determine
that normal traffic flow conditions may be reinstated.

Media contact:
Steve Kemp
Traffic Management Centre, Works and Emergency Services
Night of the event:
Traffic Management Centre



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