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December 6, 2012
Opening of new public toilet a component of Toronto's street furniture program
The City of Toronto's second automated public toilet goes into operation on Friday, December 7, as part of the Coordinated Street Furniture Program. Twenty of the toilets will be installed across the city over the next 20 years.

The new, heated public toilet will be located in the Beach neighbourhood, on Lake Shore Boulevard East at Northern Dancer Boulevard. The first of the new toilets has been in operation since 2010 at Queens Quay Boulevard and Rees Street.

The automated toilet is activated by inserting a 25-cent coin. Each patron is allocated up to 20 minutes per use, with the time clearly communicated through a three-step audible warning and a blinking light. After the patron exits, the unit seals itself and begins a self-cleaning cycle. The unit is equipped with several sensors and the cleaning procedure will not start if the sensors detect a patron.

The automated public toilet will be regularly maintained, with service personnel visiting it three times a day. The public can also request a maintenance call via the phone number posted on the wall of the public toilet.

The City’s Coordinated Street Furniture Program, which is administered by Astral Out-of-Home, also includes transit shelters, litter/recycling bins, newspaper bins and corrals, information and wayfinding pillars, public posting columns, bicycle posts and benches. The new street furniture units are replacing Toronto’s aging and mismatched street furniture with about 25,000 new pieces.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Steve Johnston
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