As part of the second phase of its congestion management plan, Mayor John Tory on Monday launched the City of Toronto pilot project to use traffic assistant personnel (TAP) to monitor key intersections in the city to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists and traffic flow.
During the pilot, which begins next Monday, June 13, police officers will be deployed during peak periods at eight selected locations including:
• Bay Street and Queen Street
• Front Street and Simcoe Street
• Lake Shore Boulevard Parklawn Road
• Sheppard Avenue and Yonge Street
• Front Street and University Avenue
• Bay Street and Bloor Street
• University Avenue and Adelaide Street
• Bay Street from Bloor Street to Front Street
The pilot will take place during four weeks in the summer and four weeks in the fall.
“The number one priority for Toronto residents continues to be their ability to move around this city. We’re taking action to keep Toronto moving by targeting some of our most congested intersections,” said Mayor Tory. “Traffic assistant personnel will improve the flow of traffic by directing traffic, making sure vehicles don’t block intersections, and stopping illegal left turns.”
Staff will use criteria such as intersection blockage, pedestrian and cyclist compliance and illegal turn movements in its evaluation of each individual intersection.
Major cities in North America including New York City and Vancouver use similar intersection monitoring programs. – CINEWS