More than 1,000 of Toronto’s traffic signals will be retimed for traffic signal co-ordination over the next three years along some of the city’s busiest corridors. The intention is to help improve traffic flow.
This year, the City of Toronto plans to retime approximately 270 signals along Kingston Road, Weston Road, Keele Street, Parkside Drive and Lawrence Avenue East and Lawrence Avenue West. More signals will be retimed in future years.
“Retiming these traffic signals is a positive step toward keeping traffic moving effectively,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “I am confident that this program, along with other planned initiatives, will help reduce traffic congestion in our city.”
“This important traffic initiative will help to reduce travel time on city streets and keep traffic moving in an efficient manner,” said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “This will also help to reduce fuel consumption because vehicles will be making fewer stops as they travel around the city.”
In 2012, the City completed signal retiming studies on 110 signals along Bloor Street, Kennedy Road, Adelaide Street and Richmond Street. The studies showed that delays to motorists along these routes were reduced between 14 and 33 per cent.
The plan, which City Council adopted today, calls for signal retiming on the city’s busiest roads – those that carry more than 20,000 vehicles a day and more than 5,000 bus passengers a day. Other criteria for roads to receive the signal timing adjustment includes roads that are alternatives for expressways, major routes to and from the downtown core, and routes used as alternatives during major construction projects.
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