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July 7, 2000
City Implements Area Traffic Management Plan for Final Benson and Hedges Symphony of Fire Show
The City of Toronto is implementing its coordinated traffic management plan for
the final Benson and Hedges Symphony of Fire fireworks program at Ontario Place
scheduled for Saturday, July 8 at 10:30 p.m.

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 the final event of the series 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 times."

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 attached 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 demand.

Night of the Event: Command Centre, Traffic Signal Control Centre, 416-338-3838



Friday, July 7, 2000


Eastbound ramp closures (effective 9:30 p.m.)

From F.G. Gardiner Expressway: -- to Lake Shore Boulevard, split east of Park
-- Jamieson Avenue

Westbound ramp closures (effective 9:30 p.m.)

From F. G. Gardiner Expressway: -- Spadina
-- Dunn/Jamieson

Westbound Jameson on-ramp from Lake Shore Boulevard to Gardiner

Street Closures - to all but TTC Vehicles (effective 9:30 p.m.)

· Closure of Fleet Street from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street
· Strachan Avenue from Princess Gates to Ordinance Street
· Bathurst Street, southbound from Front Street West to Lake Shore Boulevard
· Dufferin Street, southbound from Springhurst

Note: Above closures remain in effect until after the event when officials
determine normal traffic flow conditions may be reinstated.

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