City Implements Area Traffic Management Plan for Symphony of Fire Programs|
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The City of Toronto is implementing its coordinated traffic management plan for
the first Ontario Place Symphony of Fire fireworks program scheduled for
Saturday, June 17 at 10:30 p.m. and followed by events on June 24 and 28 and
July 1, 5 and 8.
Toronto Transportation Services coordinates the plan in conjunction with
Toronto Police Services, Toronto Transit Commission (ttc) and Exhibition and
Ontario Place staff in order 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
The city's traffic management strategy includes:
- Transit first plan -
Selected street and access ramp closures help manage downtown core traffic by
giving road priority to TTC vehicles (In 1999, the Bathurst streetcar completed
a round-trip to the Bloor Street subway station in only one hour compared with
drive time of an hour and 20 minutes to travel just one way).
F.G. Gardiner Expressway ramp and street closures - (see list
for timings and locations).
RESCU cameras - inform drivers of traffic flow updates on overhead digital sign
messages and provide media with up-to-the minute road condition reports.
Emergency response plan - Fire, Ambulance and Police Services on duty within
grounds. 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 vehicles that
police determine to be obstructing traffic.
- Traffic signal timing
adjustment - to better suit traffic flow resulting from increased
ROAD AND RAMP CLOSURES FOR SYMPHONY OF FIRE EVENTS
Westbound ramp closures (effective 10:00 p.m.)
- Eastbound ramp closures (effective 10:00 p.m.)
From F.G. Gardiner
- to Lake Shore Boulevard, split east of Park Lawn
- Jamieson Avenue
From F. G. Gardiner
Westbound Jamieson on-ramp from Lake Shore Boulevard to Gardiner
Street Closures -- to all but TTC Vehicles (effective 9:30 p.m.)
of Fleet Street from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street
- Strachan Avenue from Princess Gates to Ordinance Street
Note: Above closures remain in effect until after the event when officials
determine normal traffic flow conditions may be reinstated.