Comment 78102

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 07, 2012 at 13:59:20 in reply to Comment 78099

I'm not suggesting that traffic jams never happen, but the situation in Toronto is compounded by the very high population densities downtown and the fact that the transit system, already more expansive than Hamilton's, is also running at capacity.

A better solution for Toronto will involve further expansion of rapid transit service, combined with some kind of congestion pricing to reduce the number of people driving vehicles into the city rather than taking transit.

The extensive lane closures on Main and King Street in Hamilton over the past year have demonstrated clearly that we currently have vastly excessive lane capacity. We've literally cut lane capacity in half on the bottleneck across Highway 403 with no congestion impacts.

In short, managing volumes of non-divertable automobile traffic is not a problem facing this city - but depressed urban street retail is, and two-way streets have been shown to improve economic circumstances for street retail.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2012-06-07 14:06:32

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