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June 16, 2000
City Implements Area Traffic Management Plan For Benson and Hedges Symphony of Fire Programs
The City of Toronto is implementing its coordinated traffic management plan for
the first Benson and Hedges Symphony of Fire fireworks program at Ontario Place
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
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

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.

Road Closure Notices

Eastbound ramp closures (effective 10 p.m.)
- from F.G. Gardiner Expressway to Lake Shore Boulevard, split east of Park Lawn
- from F.G. Gardiner Expressway to Jamieson Avenue

Westbound ramp closures (effective 10:00 p.m.)
- from F. G. Gardiner Expressway at Spadina
- from F. G. Gardiner Expressway at Dunn/Jamieson

Westbound Jamieson 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

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

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