Nov 18, 2020
By Jane Brown
You may have seen them already.
Traffic agents are now patrolling Toronto’s busiest intersections.
They are directing drivers and pedestrians as part of a 4 year effort by Toronto Mayor John Tory in coordination with the provincial government to help traffic flow downtown without adding to the workload of police.
“It took all this time to get all the laws passed and get the people hired and trained,” Tory explained to CP24 on Wednesday, “So now they’re deployed on the streets as of yesterday morning.”
The mayor says by having traffic agents at these busy intersections, it reduces blockages by 90 percent and makes it safer for pedestrians.
The agents will be sent to 11 major intersections to start, with changes possible based on observed traffic patterns.
Front Street West and Bay Street
Front Street West and Simcoe Street
Front Street West and University Avenue/York Street
Adelaide Street West and University Avenue
Adelaide Street East and Jarvis Street
Queen Street West and Bay Street
Wellington Street West and Simcoe Street
Lower Jarvis Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East
York Street and Gardiner Expressway (on-ramp)
Bloor Street West and Bay Street
Bay Street and Richmond Street West
All 16 traffic agents hired by the City of Toronto are now designated as special constables. Mayor Tory says the program saves city taxpayers $800,000 a year.