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April 5, 2005
Toronto’s contingency measures for transportation and other City services during potential TTC disruption
  
The City of Toronto is optimistic that a negotiated settlement can be reached
in the ongoing TTC contract discussions. Should a transit disruption occur, 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
as efficiently as possible during the disruption. All permits will continue at
City facilities.

In the event of a labour disruption, the City of Toronto will ensure that all
emergency vehicles and services will continue to be available to Torontonians
throughout the transit disruption. In order to do this, we will institute a
series of emergency traffic measures and are encouraging drivers to "Keep
Right" when they hear an emergency vehicle approaching and to clear a path in
the middle of the road.

"If TTC users have to make alternative arrangements for travel, such as
walking, cycling or car pooling, I hope they will to everything they can to
minimize road congestion," said Mayor David Miller. "I appeal to drivers and
cyclists to take extra care when driving in the vicinity of schools, parks and
playgrounds."

To ensure the highest degree of mobility for emergency vehicles, emergency
routes will be established where parking will be prohibited between 7 a.m. and
7 p.m. 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

    To assist all residents in getting to work, reserved bus lanes on Eglinton
    Avenue, Bay Street, Fleet Street, King Street and Pape Avenue will be
    temporarily designated as car pool lanes for the duration of the transit
    disruption.

    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.

    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 Web
    site, www.toronto.ca and Access Toronto
    at 416-338-0338.


    Media contacts:
    Steve Johnston
    Works & Emergency Services
    416-392-4391

    Margaret Dougherty
    Corporate Communications
    416-397-5313

    Patchen Barss
    Office of Mayor David Miller
    416-338-7134




    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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