Mar 14, 2014
By Andy Johnson
The opposition at Queen’s Park is warning of traffic chaos in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area if the province follows through on a plan to move athletes, coaches and the media during next summer’s Pan Am Games. Organizers plan to set up a series of temporary HOV lanes in a 150-kilometre-long continuous network stretching from Hamilton to Oshawa to Orillia. The lanes will impact traffic on Highways 400, 401, 427, the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway. The temporary HOV lanes will apparently be open to other cars and trucks with passengers, but officials can’t say yet if they will be in place around the clock for the duration of the games or only on an as-needed basis. Progressive Conservative critic Rod Jackson says the organizers are mistaken to plan for a 20 per cent reduction in traffic patterns at peak times in the Toronto area during the games next July. He says they should be planning on a 20 per cent increase in traffic flows, especially with 250,000 tourists expected to attend.