FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
At a public consultation meeting over the weekend, it was revealed that the TOcore plan has identified 12 “great streets” which the Planning Division wants to reimagine over the next 25 years. Those streets include University Avenue, Bayview Avenue, Bloor Street, Spadina Avenue, Front Street, Queen Street, King Street, and Yonge Street among others.
TOcore proposes to redesign University Avenue – which is an integral north-south artery – reduced to six lanes of traffic to accommodate greenery and bicycle paths. This plan, however, contradicts with Mayor John Tory’s comments that the King Street Pilot was intended to be a one off, and in no way would it be considered anywhere else in the City. That project will prohibit vehicular travel at various points to prioritize the King streetcar.
“The problem with cutting off through traffic on King Street, eliminating lanes on Bloor Street, staff plans to reduce lanes on Yonge Street, and putting LRT’s everywhere like on Finch, is that Mayor Tory’s weak leadership has emboldened extremists to keep bringing these types of ridiculous congestion-causing plans forward,” said Mammoliti.
“Mayor Tory announced that motorists would be ticketed $150 and immediately towed away for stopping on main arterial roads for even a minute. After all, congestion is one of Toronto’s biggest problems costing the economy billions per year and forcing commuters to be stuck in countless hours of frustrating gridlock,” added Mammoliti. “Then how on earth does he think that permanently eliminating lanes on Bloor Street, King Street and now University Avenue wouldn’t make traffic worse?”
Councillor Mammoliti believes that even though the lane reductions do not make sense, Mayor Tory has pledged his support to pander to his political base in downtown Toronto.
“Tory’s transportation plan to eliminate the car is only backing up the bowels of our city and creating constipation in the streets of Toronto,” concluded Mammoliti.