Publication: 2016 Winter Newsletter

My 2016 Winter Newsletter was recently published and en route to residential and business addresses in Ward 41. This issue contains updates on the transit plan, City’s 5-year Road safety plan, rolling out of the PRESTO system across TTC, events, a ward-wide survey and many more. The electronic version is also available. To pick up a physical copy, please arrange with my office.

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Keeping Toronto moving during the Pan Am Games

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, located at the University of Toronto Scarborough, will play host to aquatics events. Photo credit: Richard Sunichura.
The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, located at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), will play host to aquatics events during the Pan Am Games.

The Pan/Parapan Am Games are coming to Toronto July 10-26 and August 7-15, 2015 respectively and will attract a large number of visitors to the city. This great opportunity to showcase Toronto and Scarborough will increase traffic on our roads and transit. Here’s how we plan to manage traffic.

Each venue will have its own traffic management measures, which include parking and loading restrictions, turn prohibitions, temporary road closures and temporary high occupancy vehicle lanes. Short-term, weekend road closures will be necessary for competitions such as cycling and running events.

The Games Route Network is an integral part of this traffic management plan and is comprised of a series of roads and highways connecting the Athletes’ Village to competition venues and non-competition sites. It will allow athletes, officials, volunteers and the media to travel safely and efficiently between Pan/ParaPan Am Games sites.

Temporary high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes will be established on sections of the city’s highways and some local roads. These thoroughfares will be an integral part of the Games Route Network.

It is the mission of City engineers to establish and implement a Traffic Management Plan and Games Route Network that will provide an enjoyable and safe experience to our visiting athletes and guests while mitigating traffic congestion during the games.

We call upon our residents to be patient, proud and welcoming as we showcase Toronto, and Scarborough to much of the world.

For more information, visit http://www.toronto2015.org/. For ticket information go to http://www.toronto.org/tickets.

Laying the tracks for improved GO train service

Above: The Stouffville GO train line can transport commuters to downtown Toronto more quickly than TTC bus and subway routes. Photo credit: Richard Sunichura.
Metrolinx is installing a second set of tracks along the Stouffville GO train line, pictured above.

In July 2014, GO Transit released its environmental study on rail service expansion in the Stouffville corridor. The report proposes incremental twinning of the tracks between Mount Joy and Kennedy GO Stations in order to run full GO Train service.

There is a lot of detailed engineering design that remains to be completed such as full road/rail grade separations, installation of noise barriers and the construction of retaining walls. For more information you can read the environmental study at http://tinyurl.com/m7op9bk.

In February, Metrolinx announced that they will build a second set of tracks on a 5 km stretch of the Stouffville corridor from north of Steeles to north of Sheppard. Construction is set to start this spring. Double-tracking the rest of the line will follow and is critical to Mayor Tory’s SmartTrack plan.