Get­ting Yonge Street mov­ing again

Jaye Robin­son Ward 25 Coun­cil­lor

Bayview Post - - News -

I’m sure many res­i­dents are fa­mil­iar with the frus­trat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of wait­ing at a red light when there are no cars us­ing the green light on the in­ter­sect­ing street. The City of Toronto has fi­nally be­gun the process of up­dat­ing our 25-year-old traf­fic sig­nal tech­nol­ogy on pri­or­ity cor­ri­dors.

As chair of the trans­porta­tion com­mit­tee, I launched this ini­tia­tive at the very first in­stal­la­tion site at Yonge Street and Yonge Boule­vard. We will be rolling out this new “smart sig­nal” tech­nol­ogy at a to­tal of 10 in­ter­sec­tions in Ward 25 this year.These in­ter­sec­tions span Yonge Street be­tween Eglin­ton Av­enue and York Mills Road.

This new tech­nol­ogy will in­de­pen­dently mon­i­tor traf­fic flow in real time and ad­just sig­nal cy­cles ac­cord­ingly. Our cur­rent traf­fic sig­nals use fixed tim­ing plans to ac­com­mo­date pre­dicted vol­umes of traf­fic, whereas smart sig­nals will au­to­mat­i­cally make large-scale adap­ta­tions in re­sponse to un­usual traf­fic con­di­tions, such as con­ges­tion caused by weather, events or ac­ci­dents. They will also syn­chro­nize au­to­mat­i­cally and can re­as­sign “green-time” across the net­work to pre­pare for large vol­umes of ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling in the same di­rec­tion.

The suc­cess of this project will be as­sessed based on the re­duc­tion of over­all de­lay for trav­ellers across the con­nected net­work of sig­nal­ized in­ter­sec­tions on Yonge Street. Staff have un­der­taken sig­nif­i­cant prepara­tory data col­lec­tion and will be com­par­ing ve­hi­cle de­lay, stops and travel time be­fore and af­ter the net­work is in­stalled. I am hope­ful this will help al­le­vi­ate con­ges­tion on one of Ward 25’s busiest road­ways.

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