Speed Cameras Issue 580 Tickets in Willowdale

Speed Cameras Issue 580 Tickets in Willowdale

Two new speed enforcement cameras in Willowdale have resulted in 580 tickets during their first four weeks of operation.

A total of 372 tickets were issues in the first two weeks. That dropped to 208 for the second two weeks – still an extremely unacceptable number but a slight improvement which shows that the cameras are at least partially meeting their intended purpose of getting people to slow down. Those who don’t face standard fines for speeding.

Both the highest recorded speed (85km in a 40 km …

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ActiveTO Expands to Yonge Until End of September

ActiveTO Expands to Yonge Until End of September

The City is expanding its ActiveTO program to include Yonge Street, between Davenport Road and Queen’s Quay, on the final two Sundays in September.

Roads will begin to close starting as early as 8 a.m. and be reopened by 3 p.m. each day. Vehicle access on these sections of roads will be closed and the City will actively manage traffic through signal timing adjustments on adjacent routes. Motorists who normally travel northbound on Yonge Street on Sundays should plan ahead and use alternate routes.

During the closure, …

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Willowdale Road Safety Survey 2020



Councillor Filion Looking for Your Input on Improving Willowdale’s Road Safety

Councillor Filion is working with residents and City Staff to develop a list of priorities and projects for the next 2+ years that will see a number of significant improvements to road safety in Willowdale. This survey will help Councillor Filion gather important insight and feedback from Willowdale residents.

This survey is also part of a series of virtual community conversations with Councillor Filion throughout September. If you have any questions then please contact Councillor Filion’s …

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Cameras Catch Speeders

Cameras Catch Speeders

Willowdale’s new Automatic Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras are already catching speeders. Located at Lillian St south of Abitibi Ave & Patricia Ave west of Homewood Ave, the cameras issued 372 tickets in the first two weeks of the program.

Of those tickets, 38 drivers were repeat offenders, with one individual being ticketed 6 times over the two week period. The fastest speed recorded was a car going 85 km/h in a 40 km/h zone, which resulted in the driver being fined $670. Obviously, these statistics are …

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Priority Bus Lanes to be Debated at City Council

Next week, Council will consider a recommendation to install about 8.5kms of priority bus lanes on Eglinton Ave E, Kingston Rd and Morningside Ave. These lanes seek to create a more frequent, reliable, and faster transit service along the corridor by giving buses a route uninterrupted by other traffic.

While Eglinton Ave is the only route recommended for implementation this year, a report to the TTC board has also flagged Finch Ave E and Steeles Ave W as priorities to be looked at in “2022 and …

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Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) Program

Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) Program

The City of Toronto will move into the next phase of it’s Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program on Monday, July 6 and start to issue tickets to speeding drivers.

The ASE pilot was initiated in January to increase road safety, reduce speeding and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits. There are 50 cameras installed across the City’s Community Safety Zones near schools. Before now, we have only issued warnings to speeding drivers.

Willowdale locations currently include Patricia Avenue west …

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CurbTO

CurbTO

As resurfacing work on Yonge Street nears its end, residents will see elements of the City’s CurbTO program implemented between Sheppard and Finch. This is an opportunity to ensure a safer environment for pedestrians during the pandemic, and an opportunity to create a safer mainstreet ecosystem that supports local businesses and promotes active living.

CurbTO is a City wide program designed to re-purpose curb lanes adjacent to businesses to better support physical distancing. There are two main initiatives within this program: Curb Lane Pedestrian Zones will …

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Update on Yonge Resurfacing/Repurposing of Curb Lane During Pandemic

Update on Yonge Resurfacing/Repurposing of Curb Lane During Pandemic

The resurfacing of Yonge Street between 401 and Finch has now been shortened to one-week, beginning Monday, June 1, to minimize the inconvenience to pedestrians and businesses. The work is being done as a temporary fix to hazardous conditions on sections of the road.

From June 1-6, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Curb lanes will be closed, but 10-minute parking for restaurant delivery and pickup will be added at each side street, close to Yonge. Please support our great local restaurants …

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Immediate Yonge Street Resurfacing

Immediate Yonge Street Resurfacing

From May 19th to June 12th, the City of Toronto will be resuming the work of repaving sections of Yonge Street between HWY 401 and Finch Avenue. This will complete the project started in 2019. Construction will take place between 7 AM and 10 PM and will include grinding of asphalt, concrete removal and laying new road.

Full curb lane closures will occur affecting parking and pickup/drop-offs areas. Some sections of Yonge, including Avondale to Sheppard will see closures down to one lane during short periods …

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TTC Ridership Down 85 Percent, Jobs Cut

TTC Ridership Down 85 Percent, Jobs Cut

The Toronto Transit Commission announced last Thursday that it is losing $20 million a week due to plummeting ridership during the COVID-19 crisis. Ridership is down 85 percent as those in non-essential jobs heed the advice to stay home or travel by car because that is considered safer.

In an effort to reduce the losses, the TTC plans to temporarily lay off 1000 transit operators and 200 non-union staff. It said it intends to maintain 70 or 80 percent of service levels.

The TTC losses are just …

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Moving Forward On Transit Partnership

Moving Forward On Transit Partnership

As the City of Toronto and Province of Ontario continue to move forward on a partnership ensuring high-speed transit expansion, John continues to watch negotiations carefully.

Last spring, a deal was reached between the City and Province on a $30 billion transit expansion plan that would see extensions of subway Line 1 to Richmond Hill, Line 2 to Scarborough Centre and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to Pearson Airport; along with the creation of an ‘Ontario Line’ between the Ontario Science Centre and Ontario Place that would …

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City Rolls Out Photo Radar

City Rolls Out Photo Radar

Pedestrians and cyclists in Willowdale sometimes find themselves dodging drivers who don’t respect posted speed limits.

In December, Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras (photo radar) and signage were  added to Toronto streets to increase road safety, reduce speeding, and raise public awareness about obeying posted speed limits.

Initially, 50 cameras will be installed on local, collector and arterial roads in Community Safety Zones near schools. In Willowdale, the cameras will be installed at Patricia Avenue between Laconia Drive and Homewood Avenue, and Lillian Street between Abitibi Avenue …

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