Transit Deal: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Transit Deal: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

This week, Toronto City Council endorsed a deal with Metrolinx and the Province of Ontario that will create some stability after a turbulent year in which the Province had announced plans to seize all high-speed transit assets in the city. The deal allows all parties to move forward productively, but comes with details both good and bad.

Here’s a look at some of the key details.

The Good

The Province has backed down from a plan to seize the City’s transit network. As transit and city planning are …

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TTC to Stop Selling Tickets, Tokens, and Passes By The End of November

TTC to Stop Selling Tickets, Tokens, and Passes By The End of November

The TTC will stop selling tickets, tokens and passes (GTA Weekly and the Day Pass) to customers next month.

On November 30, the public will no longer be able to purchase these items at collector booths. Customers will be able to pick-up tickets, tokens and passes at some third-party retailers.

TTC customers will be able to use previously purchased tickets, tokens and passes. While the GTA Weekly Pass can only be used until December 1, the TTC has not slated a date as to when it will …

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Yonge St. Construction Notice

Yonge St. Construction Notice

The City will be repairing the sidewalk and resurfacing sections of the road. The repairs will take place along Yonge Street, from the Highway 401 to Steeles Avenue West. Work may include the closure of individual lanes or entire sections of the road. Work will take place from 7 a.m. on September 30, 2019 to 7 p.m. on October 31, 2019, with work after hours and on weekends as required.

If you have questions about the upcoming work, please contact 311 and quote 19NY-106TU/111TR

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Applying to Toronto’s Crossing Guard Program

Applying to Toronto’s Crossing Guard Program

Crossing guards play a vital role in supporting the well-being and safety of children.

If you would like to apply to a new school crossing guard location, please fill out the form here.

The following steps must be taken to have your crossing guard application processed:

The form must be completed and signed off or endorsed by the School Principal and John
An email from the School Principal and John’s office must be sent to SchoolCrossingGuard@toronto.ca to confirm that the requester has reached out to both School Principal and …

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Crossing Signal Updates

Crossing Signal Updates

Crossing signals play an important role in road safety as they provide a safe walking environment for pedestrians in hectic traffic areas.

John’s office continues to support initiatives to promote road safety. It has been a top priority for John as Willowdale experiences a surge in population growth and a construction boom.

Traffic Control Signals at Avondale Ave. and Bales Ave./Harrison Garden Blvd.

A number of residents have contacted John’s office to express concern about pedestrian safety at the intersection of Avondale Ave. and Bales Ave./Harrison Garden Blvd., …

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Bike Safety & Family Fun Day – June 15

Bike Safety & Family Fun Day – June 15

Summer is here which means its the perfect season to get out on your bike and go for a ride.  But are you ready for the season?  Join John for Willowdale’s inaugural Bike Safety & Family Fun Day at Bayview Arena (3230 Bayview Avenue) on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 1 – 4 PM.

We’re ushering in the summer season with free bike tune-ups (first-come first-served) to make sure you’re ready for your summer ride, along with free ice cream and family activities including a cycling …

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Road Safety: Vision Zero 2.0

Road Safety: Vision Zero 2.0

The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan was enacted in 2017 as part of an international movement to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on local streets.  John’s office continues to collaborate with City Transportation staff to advance road safety measures in Willowdale.

Over the past year, we have been able to greatly enhance the Watch Your Speed Program which piloted in Willowdale in 2014 at John’s initiative.  School Safety Zones, including these boards, have been permanently established at Cameron PS, Hollywood PS, Willowdale MS/Churchill PS and …

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Reconstruction & Cycling on Willowdale Ave

Reconstruction & Cycling on Willowdale Ave

This fall 2019, the City of Toronto will be reconstructing Willowdale Avenue from Finch Avenue East to Empress Avenue and potentially installing a new buffered bike lane from Bishop Avenue to Empress Avenue.

The new bike lane would provide a dedicated space for cyclists, improving safety and comfort for all road users. The bike lane would expand the local cycling network by connecting to the existing Finch Hydro Corridor multi-use trail.

The City of Toronto is hosting a public drop-in event on Monday, May 13, 2019 from …

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Toronto Marathon – May 5 (ROAD CLOSURES)

Toronto Marathon – May 5 (ROAD CLOSURES)

One of Toronto’s largest athletic events draws 14,000 participants from over 50 countries to experience our city on foot. This year’s Toronto Marathon marathon will be held on Sunday, May 5 beginning at 7:30 AM from Mel Lastman Square. A half marathon will begin at 8:30 AMwith additional runs and walks starting in between.

The run, which will be travelling down Yonge Street, is supporting a number of local charities, including the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and Sick Kids Hospital.  Organizers hope to surpass $1.2-million in contributions this year.  Toronto Marathon staff will be …

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Concerned About TTC Upload (UPDATED)

Concerned About TTC Upload (UPDATED)

Premier Doug Ford announced the Province’s plans for transit expansion in the Toronto area this week.  Details remain vague on funding and construction timelines but redesigned plans focus on the Scarborough Line 2 extension, the Yonge North Line 1extension, the Eglinton Crosstown West extension and Relief Line subway.

John immediately spoke out about his concerns around the feasibility of this plan, the delays it is likely to cause and the potential impact on public safety.  Many of the above expansions have been active in the planning stages for the last several years.  Redesigning elements of …

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Willowdale Road Work Coming

Willowdale Road Work Coming

As we transition into spring, a number of large-scale reconstruction, repair and maintenance projects are scheduled to begin in our community. Residents will be particularly interested in some of the projects that will cause some traffic delays.

As the full reconstruction of Yonge Street (Sheppard to Finch) has been pushed back to allow for the REimagine Yonge project to come back to Council this year, a temporary resurfacing project will get underway in early October to address the badly deteriorating conditions until a proper reconstruction can be addressed in 3-5 years.  …

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Getting Yonge/401 Back on Track

Getting Yonge/401 Back on Track

Willowdale residents have been endlessly frustrated by the lack of action on improving the Yonge Street & Highway 401 interchange to allow southbound traffic to turn eastbound onto the highway more efficiently and address traffic back-ups in both directions.  Multiple studies have addressed these concerns, so why no action?

A joint study was presented in 2013 by the City of Toronto Transportation Staff and the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO).  The recommendation was to proceed to a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to get an upgrade of the interchange moving …

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