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April 17, 2008
Toronto’s contingency measures for transportation and other City services during potential TTC disruption
The Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113, representing TTC drivers and other employees has indicated that it may strike as of 4 a.m. on Monday, April 21. The City remains hopeful that a negotiated settlement can be reached in the TTC contract discussion. In the event that a TTC service disruption occurs, the City has prepared 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 as efficiently as possible during the disruption. All permits will continue at City facilities.

The City of Toronto will ensure that all emergency vehicles and services will continue to be available to residents throughout the transit disruption. 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.

“While we remain hopeful a negotiated settlement can be reached, if TTC users do have to make alternative arrangements for travel, such as walking, cycling or car pooling, I hope they will do everything they can to minimize road congestion,” said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone. “I appeal to drivers to watch for cyclists and children and take extra care, especially when driving near schools, parks and playgrounds.”

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.

The Parking Enforcement Unit of the Toronto Police Service will activate plans for 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 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.

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.

Media contact: Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-553-1076 (cell)

Parking lots at 14 City of Toronto community centres 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



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