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March 28, 2008
Special meeting called to amend City traffic bylaws in the event of a TTC disruption
Today, Toronto Mayor David Miller called a special meeting of City Council for Monday, March 31, in order to approve bylaw amendments to establish emergency routes and improve traffic flow in the event of a TTC service disruption.

The City of Toronto remains hopeful that a negotiated settlement can be reached in the ongoing TTC contract discussions. The Amalgamated Transit Union has given assurance that a 48-hour notice period would be given before a disruption occurs.

Should transit be disrupted, the City will immediately adopt certain contingency plans and emergency 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 addition, all City services and programs will continue to operate.

To ensure the highest degree of mobility for emergency vehicles, the changes that would be made to the bylaws allow the City to establish emergency routes where parking will be prohibited between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday to Friday as follows:

  • Avenue Rd./University Ave. between Lawrence Ave. and Front St.

  • Bloor St./Danforth Ave. between Jane St. and Victoria Park Ave.

  • Yonge St. between Front St. and Steeles Ave.

  • Eglinton Ave. between Allen Rd. and Brentcliffe Rd.

  • Bayview Ave. from Eglinton Ave. to Lawrence Ave.

  • Finch Ave. from Highway 400 to Jane St.

  • McCowan Rd. from Eglinton Ave. to Ellesmere Rd.

  • Lawrence Ave. from Markham Rd. to Brimley Rd.

  • The Queensway from Roncesvalles Ave. to Parkside Dr.

In addition to the emergency routes, the City would also temporarily designate reserved bus lanes on Eglinton Ave., Bay St., Fleet St., King St. and Pape Ave. as car pool lanes for the duration of any transit disruption. Parking lots at 14 designated City community centres and arenas would be available free of charge, primarily for car pooling.

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

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

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.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-397-4149,, Don Wanagas, Mayor’s Office, 416-338-7134,

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

West District
Centennial Park - Centennial Park Rd, Renforth north of Rathburn
Chris Tonks Arena - 2801 Eglinton Ave. W., Black Creek and Eglinton
Gord and Irene Risk Community Centre - 2650 Finch Ave. W., Finch and Islington
Downsview Arena - 1633 Wilson Ave., Wilson and Jane
Elmbank Community Centre - 10 Rampart Rd., Martin Grove south of Finch

East District
Kidstown parking lot - Birchmount and McNicoll Avenues
Centennial Community Recreation Centre - Ellesmere Ave. and Markham Rd.
Scarborough Village Community Centre - Kingston Rd. and Markham Rd.

North District
Fenside Arena - 30 Slidell Cres., Victoria Park and York Mills
York Mills Arena - 2539 Bayview Ave., Bayview and York Mills
Baycrest Arena - 140 Neptune Dr., Bathurst, south of 401
Herb Carnegie North York Centennial Centre - 580 Finch Ave. W., Finch and Bathurst
Esther Shiner Stadium - 5720 Bathurst St., Bathurst, south of Steeles
John Booth Arena - 230 Gosford Blvd., Jane and Finch



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