The city is launching an ambitious pilot project this weekend targeting the dispiriting congestion on King Street.
The King Street Transit Pilot launches Sunday and will make the gridlocked stretch between Jarvis and Bathurst streets into a transit-priority corridor for more than a year.
Drivers will only be able access the block on which their destination is located and will only be able to turn right on and off of King in the designated area. There is no parking in the corridor during the pilot.
According to the TTC, the 504 is the busiest streetcar route in the city with 65,000 riders daily. To compare, 20,000 drivers use King every day.
The TTC said it will measure metrics and the impact the transit-priority corridor has on commuters.
There will be customer service ambassadors and police to ensure everything runs smoothly.
This project runs until Dec. 31, 2018
Here’s what drivers need to know:
- Vehicles on King Street are not allowed to drive through the Bathurst Street intersection. They must turn left or right.
- Vehicles on King Street are not allowed to drive through the Jarvis Street intersection. They must turn left or right.
- Vehicles turning right onto King Street must turn into the streetcar lane. Vehicles turning right off of King Street must use the right turn lane.
- Only TTC, emergency and road maintenance vehicles or bicycles can drive through intersections, as well as taxis between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- There is no on-street parking in the pilot area.
- Left turns from intersections in the King Street pilot area are not allowed.
- There will be access to driveways.
- Vehicles travelling on north-south streets can still cross King Street.
- At some intersections, there will be an advanced right turn green arrow.
For more information, visit the City of Toronto website.