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Toronto partners with Waze, helping drivers navigate traffic

Last Updated Nov 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm EST

FILE-- Commuters are reflected in a rearview mirror while sitting in rush hour traffic in Toronto.THE CANADIAN PRESS/J.P. Moczulski

Mayor John Tory’s multi-layered plan to ease congestion in Toronto has taken another step forward, with the city now sharing its traffic data with the traffic and navigation app Waze.

Tory formally announced the partnership with the traffic app Waze on Monday, but the collaboration has been in the works since September. At that time, he laid out the new traffic measures – part of his ongoing plan to make it easier for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to get around the city.

Waze users can get up to date information on road closures and gridlock in the city. Waze will also help the city communicate information about road closures and highway maintenance.

“This partnership will give our traffic operations centre better visibility into traffic patterns and give users of the Waze application enhanced information so that they can plan,” Tory said at the Consolidated Traffic Communications Centre in North York.

“By using Waze, all motorists will have access to the City of Toronto’s data in real time and be able to avoid road closures, construction and traffic jams.”

There are more than 560,000 active Waze app users in Toronto.

Earlier this month, Tory launched “quick clear squads” on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway. The rapid response teams will focus on fixing problems causing temporary lane blockages.

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