WATCH: Pan AM traffic plan includes Games-specific highway, city lanes

But officials maintain it won't cause traffic chaos

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to the GTHA for next summer's Pan Am Games but the province maintains it won't affect traffic too much.

It's released its transportation plan for the sporting event which could create chaos on not only the 400 series highways but also downtown Toronto.

Included in the 770km "Games Route Network" which is seen as the preferred way to get to venues all over the area, is a proposal for priority lanes which would act as HOV lanes to carry around athletes, officials and spectators. Car pools and public transit could also use them.

They would essentially take away a lane of traffic on portions of the 401, 427, 407, DVP/404 and almost the entirety of the Gardiner/QEW.  In town, the lanes are proposed for Jarvis and Lakeshore.

But the province says it plans to reduce local traffic by 20 per cent before the influx of tourists and Pan Am athletes come into town. Minister responsible for the Games Michael Chan claims they have a strategy to push people onto public transit.

Details on these "priority lanes" are still being worked out: if they will be 24 hour HOV lanes during the 28-day period or if they will be in effect during certain hours to reduce impact on rush hours.

Progressive Conservative Pan Am critic Rod Jackson finds it hard to believe that traffic won't be affected by essentially removing one lane on busy stretches of highways and roads. He says this transportation plan is poorly thought out.

NDP Tourism, Culture and Sport critic Paul Miller says closing down lanes for 28 days will be a disaster. He says it's "crazy" for the province to suggest that traffic will be able to go down by 20 per cent during the sporting event when the area can't get a handle on traffic on a normal week.

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  1. Frankie posted on 03/14/2014 12:07 PM
    More Liberal crap. Nothing more than an excuse to repay favours to Liberals such as former premier David Peterson (a disastrous gov't) with our tax dollars.
  2. William Paul posted on 03/14/2014 12:13 PM
    good luck with this! The Libs would have more luck getting Smitherman to account for where all the eHealth dough went. FORCING people off roads? really?
  3. Ernie posted on 03/14/2014 01:14 PM
    Just like the lie that if you build more transit, the roads will be magically empty

    Not a brain among them

    Liberals tend to be such free thinkers that they live in an imaginary world rather than a real one
  4. MichaelB_2952 posted on 03/14/2014 01:51 PM
    First point: if the Conservatives were in power right now, the same diamond lands for the Pan Am games would be proposed.

    Next point: why will some lanes on the 407 toll road being used as diamond lanes? Who will be paying to reserve a lane in each direction? The government/taxpayers?
    1. William Paul posted on 03/14/2014 02:28 PM
      @MichaelB_2952 please - we, the taxpayers will be paying! - not the Libs
  5. dama posted on 03/14/2014 03:19 PM
    Wow,, 6 posts and all are Liberal negative.. so why is the Liberal with a non elected Premier still telling s what to do and what we need?

    I blame it all on the NDP, - Andrea Howarth..

    I hope , come election time, you guys will vote with
    all the Liberal's scandals in mind..
    1. Frankie posted on 03/14/2014 04:25 PM
      @dama Agree re NDP. Reason Liberals still in power is too many Liberal morons who believe it's their right to make sure we're robbed, governed incompetently, continually lied to, etc.

      Why risk voting Conservative where there isn't the certainty of being screwed when you can vote Liberal and have a 100% guarantee. People love certainty, no matter how bad it is.

      No wonder Ontario is going down the toilet
  6. DW posted on 03/15/2014 01:51 PM
    The so called "World Class City" is so worried about Mario Paisano getting his pick up truck from Wooda-Bridge to Ajax-a

    Amazing that Montreal and Vancouver could hold two incredibly successful Worlds Fairs (55 million and 20 million). Yeah they built legacy transit systems and expanded on them. Vancouver was able to redevelop neighbourhoods for Expo. Montreal has two island park of nearly 1000 acres connected by a transit line.

    Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary held the Olympics and expanded transit systems for those events. Vancouver was even brave enough to extend a branch of the rapid transit system to the Airport

    Winnipeg has hosted the Pan-Ams twice, the first one was in 1967 when Toronto was so split up over sending some park benches to Expo 67

    Victoria and Edmonton hosted the Commonwealth Games with legacy facilities still in use to this day ............... ever wonder why our rowing teams are based at Victoria?

    And until last year even Hamilton had the use of a legacy installation from the 1930 Empire games.

    Kingston, yeah little Kingston Ontario hosted Olympic yachting and has a legacy from that event

    Even Ottawa and Toronto with pathetic old Varsity hosted a few soccer games in 1976 ............... sadly no investment there from Toronto

    Vancouver redeveloped False Creek twice first for Expo 86 and then for the Olympics and enjoys many legacy venues including more housing, the original Canada pavilion has served as Convention facility, cruise ship terminal and Olympic broadcast centre

    Canadian success over the last month came from major legacies at Vancouver, Whistler and can bet Toronto has contributed nothing and note that not one medal winner makes Toronto as his or her home

    Yep don't sweat the diamond lanes but you watch out if they have to buy park benches


    Don't expect Toronto to lead in anything ............ and private radio media with Batra and Touwhey...............yeah they didn't see anything in the Mayor's Office

    Remember Toronto, the world will come to an end for two weeks in a diamond lane somewhere.................Get prepared and do like the Mayor have your hand out to get some coins for the diamond lane signage, curbs and paint

    RB and as pathetic as the occupant of City Hall
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