Today, Mayor John Tory launched MoveTO – a City staff action plan to help manage congestion and build a more resilient, modern and safe transportation system.
The plan, which will be considered at the Infrastructure and Environment Committee meeting on Thursday, November 5, proposes five key measures that will help make the City’s transportation system more resilient in response to the effects of COVID-19 on Toronto’s overall transportation network.
The five key proposed actions that can launch starting next year include:
As the report states, these five recommended strategies aim to reduce travel times and improve travel reliability for vehicles, improve safety and optimize movement for pedestrians and cyclists at intersections, improve transit operations, coordinate construction activities to minimize impacts to the transportation network and improve safety, and help employers to reduce travel demand and greenhouse gas emissions.
The MoveTO plan builds on the work the City of Toronto has done to positively impact congestion, while also considering safer streets, improved equity, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions as they relate to Toronto’s larger transportation network. Some of these strategies include the recently approved Freight and Goods Movement Strategy, the upcoming Traffic Agents program and the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan.
The full interim MoveTO report is available on the City website.
“MoveTO will keep Toronto moving now and into the future. This plan will help the city better manage traffic congestion in Toronto and deploy smart, common sense approaches that will help pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and drivers. We are implementing this plan as fast as possible to make sure we have a modern and safe transportation system that responds and adapts to traffic in real time. These are realistic solutions that I know will make life better for everyone as they move around our city whether they are walking, cycling, riding transit, or driving.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Moving traffic efficiently and safely keeps pedestrians safe, prevents collisions and keeps goods moving. These are priorities in a growing city. Current systems are timed and programed using decades of vehicle, pedestrian and cycling data that may no longer represent our reality. We have an opportunity to invest in improvements and technologies that make our transportation systems more adaptable while also making roads in Toronto safer for people.”
– Councillor James Pasternak (York Centre), Chair of Infrastructure and Environment Committee
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