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April 26, 2008
Toronto’s contingency measures for transportation and other City services during TTC service disruption
The Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113, representing TTC drivers and other employees has gone on strike as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 26. For this TTC service disruption, the City has prepared contingency plans and traffic measures that will remain in effect throughout the disruption. This will ensure that all City roads and services will continue to operate as efficiently as possible.

In order to do this, the City has implemented a series of traffic measures and is encouraging drivers to “Keep Right” when they hear an emergency vehicle approaching and to clear a path in the middle of the road.

To ensure the highest degree of access for emergency vehicles, emergency routes will be established where parking will be prohibited between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, as follows:

• Avenue Road/University Avenue between Lawrence Avenue and Front Street

• Bloor Street/Danforth Avenue between Jane Street and Victoria Park Avenue

• Yonge Street between Front Street and Steeles Avenue

• Eglinton Avenue between Allen Road and Brentcliffe Road

• Bayview Avenue from Eglinton Avenue to Lawrence Avenue

• Finch Avenue from Highway 400 to Jane Street

• McCowan Road from Eglinton Avenue to Ellesmere Road

• Lawrence Avenue from Markham Road to Brimley Road

• The Queensway from Roncesvalles Avenue to Parkside Drive

There will be no exemption from the “No Parking” provisions for persons displaying disabled parking permits on roads designated as emergency routes.

To assist all residents in getting to work, reserved bus lanes on Eglinton Avenue, Fleet Street, King Street and Pape Avenue will temporarily be designated as car pool lanes (vehicles carrying three or more people) for the duration of the transit disruption.

To extend the existing bike path and lane network, the curb lanes on both sides of Bay Street, between Queens Quay West and Yorkville Avenue; Queens Quay West, between Lower Spadina Avenue and Yonge Street; Dundas Street East, between River Street and Broadview Avenue will be designated for bicycles only. Stopping will be prohibited on the sections of roadway designated as bicycle only lanes. Safety barriers will be installed on bike lane routes over the weekend in preparation for Monday.

The Parking Enforcement Unit of the Toronto Police Service will conduct aggressive tagging and towing of vehicles parked on city streets during posted “No Stopping,” “No Standing” and “No Parking” periods. The “No Stopping” rule for vehicles will be waived for those motorists stopping at transit stops to pick up or discharge passengers.

The City is encouraging employers to consider flexible work hours, car pooling and any other arrangements that may help reduce road congestion during peak periods.

Parking lots at 14 designated City community centres and arenas will be available free of charge primarily for car pooling (list provided below).

All businesses are encouraged to review their scheduled delivery times to ensure that they have the least impact on traffic on major roadways.

All City services and programs will continue to operate as efficiently as possible during the disruption. All permits will continue at City facilities.

If necessary, the City will promptly communicate to residents and businesses any changes to the delivery of City services via the media, the City’s website, and Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

Parking lots at 14 City of Toronto community centres and arenas will be available free of charge primarily for car pooling for the duration of the transit disruption as follows:

West District
Centennial Park
Centennial Park Road, Renforth north of Rathburn

Chris Tonks Arena
2801 Eglinton Avenue West, Black Creek and Eglinton

Gord and Irene Risk Community Centre
2650 Finch Avenue West, Finch and Islington

Downsview Arena
1633 Wilson Avenue, Wilson and Jane

Elmbank Community Centre
10 Rampart Road, Martin Grove south of Finch

East District
Kidstown parking lot
Birchmount and McNicoll Avenues

Centennial Community Recreation Centre
Ellesmere Avenue and Markham Road

Scarborough Village Community Centre
Kingston Road and Markham Road

North District
Fenside Arena
30 Slidell Crescent, Victoria Park and York Mills

York Mills Arena
2539 Bayview Avenue, Bayview and York Mills

Baycrest Arena
140 Neptune Drive, Bathurst, south of 401

Herb Carnegie North York Centennial Centre
580 Finch Avenue West, Finch and Bathurst

Esther Shiner Stadium
5720 Bathurst Street, Bathurst, south of Steeles

John Booth Arena
230 Gorsford Blvd., Jane and Finch

Media contact: Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-200-3660 (cell)



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