Jan 06, 2016

By Bob Komsic

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Soon after becoming mayor, John Tory introduced zero tolerance for illegal parking during rush hour, improved traffic signal coordination and stepped up construction work.
As part of the next phase, the city will put in place more initiatives.
The mayor says they include upgrading some of the traffic lights so they can be re-timed to adapt to real-time changes in traffic flow, assigning police to direct traffic at key intersections and developing strategies on reducing gridlock at 10 of the most congested intersections according to city data.
”One of them is right here at Yonge and Sheppard.  And a lot of people, who’ve been driving in this area know that, but we’ve now used the data to confirm that this is one of those hot spots,” said Tory.
”This hot spot and there’s a number right along this Yonge Street corridor, one of the busiest in the city and we need to take a hard look at this intersection and the other ones identified as being the worst when it comes to traffic and understand what is creating these bottlenecks and then put in place in each and every one of those intersections an action plan to fix it.”
The mayor’s promising to have actions plans for half of the hot spots by the summer and the rest by the end of the year.
In addition to Yonge and Sheppard, city data says the other nine most congested intersections are:
-Yonge and Finch
-Finch and Victoria Park
-Bloor and Parliament
-Eglinton and Martin Grove
-Black Creek and Lawrence
-Mount Pleasant and St. Clair
-Eastern and Carlaw
-Don Mills and O’Connor
-Kingston and Lawrence
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