Yonge-401 Interchange (UPDATED)

Yonge-401 Interchange (UPDATED)

Update:

In late October, John joined representatives from the Yonge Corridor Condominium Association, West Lansing Homeowners Associationand West Willowdale Neighbourhood Association for a meeting they arranged at Queen’s Park with Willowdale MPP David Zimmer and Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca.  The focus of discussion was the ongoing delays in proceeding to an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Yonge Street/Highway 401 interchange improvements.

Residents, along with John, expressed their frustration over the stalling of a Feasibility Study in 2015.  In the summer of 2016, the Province announced …

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From City Hall: Council Approves Scarborough Subway (UPDATED)

From City Hall: Council Approves Scarborough Subway (UPDATED)

Update (July 2016)

Again this month, John voted with the minority of Councillors that preferred an LRT option in Scarborough as a replacement to the existing SRT. John previously voted against the Scarborough subway in 2013 believing that spending more than $1-billion of City money was wasteful when the Province was prepared to assume 100% of the LRT cost.  Recent reports have the cost of the subway going up even more, leaving Toronto residents on the hook for cost overruns.

The majority of Council however again backed the subway …

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Council Adopts 10-year Cycling Plan

Council Adopts 10-year Cycling Plan

In June, Council approved a 10-year cycling network plan to connect gaps in the City’s existing bicycle network, grow the network to new parts of the city and renew existing routes to improve quality.  This plan adds a total of 525 km of bicycle routes to the city and doubles the annual funding committed to growing the network.

John strongly supports cycling as a tool to reduce our reliance on cars and reduce traffic.  Locally, Council has approved the implementation of bicycle lanes on Willowdale Avenue between Sheppard Avenue and …

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Community Leaders Forum: The Future of Public Transit – June 2

Community Leaders Forum: The Future of Public Transit – June 2

Improving our public transit network is a vital priority for all residents in Toronto and a critical part of reducing the traffic gridlock we face every day in Willowdale.  Making real progress requires the cooperation of three levels of government: municipal, provincial and federal.

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, our elected representatives from these three levels of government come together to discuss their efforts towards achieving a better transit future and get your feedback on what’s ahead, including:

Changes to the City’s priority transit plans and other regional projects
Transit infrastructure projects currently …

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From City Hall: Taxis, Limos & Uber (UPDATED)

From City Hall: Taxis, Limos & Uber (UPDATED)

At its recent meeting, City Council voted on a series of regulations which legalized private transportation companies (PTCs) such as UBER.  John supported all recommendations relating to establishing a new PTC class in the City’s licensing system.

However, that was only part of the 58 motions Council had before it.  Some of the Mayor’s recommendations – resulting from an agreement reached with several Councillors who supported taxi brokerages and plate owners – effectively reversed most of the positive reforms to the taxi industry adopted by Council …

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City Continues Work on Street Safety

City Continues Work on Street Safety

City staff are currently working on a road safety plan that will be presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in early summer. The plan’s goal is to identify potential safety initiatives that can be implemented to help reduce transportation- related deaths and serious injuries on Toronto’s roads.

Among the key issues being addressed in the plan are safety for seniors and school children, pedestrian and cyclist safety, and the problems of aggressive and distracted driving.  This continues to grow as a local issue relating …

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From City Hall: Shifting Plans on Transit (and Open Houses)

From City Hall: Shifting Plans on Transit (and Open Houses)

The City has once again announced a shuffling of the deck on high speed transit proposing amendments to several projects previously approved by Council.  While residents have grown weary of constant change, in this case there is reason for optimism and hope that the City is not only moving forward, but inching closer to getting it “right.”

The Mayor’s SmartTrack proposal leveraging the Province’s electrification of the GO lines was approved for study by Council in 2015.  It adds stations to these lines in the eastern …

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Mayor Updates Congestion Management Plan at Yonge-Sheppard

Mayor Updates Congestion Management Plan at Yonge-Sheppard

The City of Toronto has been analyzing “big data” related to traffic movement and this week made official what Willowdale residents have known for years.  Traffic at the Yonge-Sheppard and Yonge-Finch intersections both rank in the top-10 worst in the city.  Mayor John Tory and Councillor Jaye Robinson, chair of the City’s Public Works & Infrastructure Committee revealed these stats as part of an announcement at Yonge & Sheppard this week.

Mayor Tory has made traffic congestion one of his top priorities.  Phase one of his …

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Mayor Tory an Important Ally on Yonge/401 Interchange

Mayor Tory an Important Ally on Yonge/401 Interchange

For more than a decade, Willowdale residents concerned with traffic have been following the political drama surrounding the Yonge Street/Highway 401 interchange.  City Council first approved John’s motion to study the area in 2006.  This study identified the interchange – and in particular the route for moving southbound Yonge traffic onto eastbound 401 – as the single most fixable contributor to local gridlock.

Since then, the City has been attempting to work with the Province, which owns the land around the interchange, to complete the necessary …

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Pedestrian Safety a Top Local Concern

Pedestrian Safety a Top Local Concern

When frustrated motorists leave major arterial streets to avoid congestion, it creates safety concerns on our residential ones.  John has continued to work on local initiatives designed to create safer conditions for pedestrians, an important part of getting more people walking to where they need to go, and ultimately reducing the number of cars on our busy roads.

1) “Watch Your Speed” Signs Review

In the fall of 2014 John initiated, with City staff, a pilot program in Ward 23 bringing radar speed display boards to a number …

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‘Please Slow Down’ Signs Available

‘Please Slow Down’ Signs Available

In the Fall of each year, Transportation Services has historically noted a significant increase in the number of pedestrian and cyclist collisions on our roads. With rising congestion on major arterial streets in our community, we continue to see more and more cars driving on “quiet” residential roads trying to bypass traffic making pedestrian safety a pressing local concern.

Transportation Services is undertaking a Fall Safety Awareness Campaign in order to bring the issue of pedestrian safety forward in the minds of our motorists. The campaign …

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From City Hall: Future of the East Gardiner (UPDATED)

From City Hall: Future of the East Gardiner (UPDATED)

Updated (June 2015)

On June 10 & 11, City Council approved the rebuilding of the East Gardiner Expressway – the “hybrid solution” – by a vote of 24-21.  John was among those who preferred the teardown option, replacing 1.7 km of elevated highway with an at-grade boulevard with an elevated ramp only where the boulevard would connect with the Don Valley Parkway.

John’s position on this issue was supported by more than 70% of the more than 400 Ward 23 residents who completed his online survey through …

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