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July 18, 2002
City of Toronto outlines plans for World Youth Day
  
City of Toronto officials today outlined plans for World Youth Day, an event
that will draw between 350,000 and one million people to the city from July
22-28. Road restrictions and closures, special transit plans, security, and
health and safety initiatives are among the ways the City is preparing for the
event.

"Toronto is ready for World Youth Day," said Councillor Joe Mihevc, chair of
the city's Council Reference Group for World Youth Day. "City staff have been
working closely with World Youth Day organizers to ensure that the event runs
smoothly and that its impact on the day-to-day lives of our residents and
businesses are minimized. All City operations and services will continue as
normal next week."

A number of road restrictions and closures will take place to accommodate event
participants at both the Exhibition Place and Downsview Lands site. Additional
road closures will be put in place for the Way of the Cross on University
Avenue. Detailed maps of these road closures as well as closure hours are
available on the City's Web site at http://www.city. toronto.on.ca/wyd2002/transportation.htm.

The Toronto Police Service is working with the Ontario Provincial Police, RCMP
and Peel Regional Police to ensure the safety and security of the event.
Toronto Emergency Medical Services has been working with event organizers, the
city's health care providers and allied emergency services to ensure that
service levels to city residents will not be impacted.

Toronto Fire Services have placed firefighting equipment at strategic locations
at event venues and enhanced staffing during the event. Response time for
emergencies to residents will not be impacted by World Youth Day.

The TTC is adding service on the subway, bus and streetcar routes to the key
World Youth Day event locations - particularly Exhibition Place and Downsview
Park. "The subway will be staying open late on Friday following the Way of the
Cross and, along with all other TTC service, will be opening early - at 4 a.m.
- on Sunday to get the public to the Papal Mass at Downsview Park. This is a
challenge we intend to meet," said Bob Boutilier, TTC Deputy General Manager of
Surface Operations.


Media Contact
Winnie Li,
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism,
416-791-3488

Brad Ross,
City of Toronto Media Relations,
416-392-8937

 

 

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