Maintenance and Traffic Management

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Traffic Management

As the City's population increases, greater travel demand is creating more traffic congestion which poses a challenge to share road space among all road users – pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and drivers.

Transportation Services Working Hard to Keep Traffic Moving

Transportation Services developed a Congestion Management Plan (CMP) for 2014-2018, which was endorsed by City Council in December 2013. The CMP was updated, refined and enhanced for 2016-2020 and endorsed by City Council in November 2015. The vision of the CMP is:

     Through innovation and technology maximize the safety, efficiency, reliability and sustainability of the transportation network for all users while reducing the impacts on the environment.

In the CMP Update 2016 -2020 new initiatives were introduced such as Travel Demand Management and 'Big Data' Traffic Management. The CMP Update 2016-2020 pays special attention to the needs of all travellers (pedestrians, cyclists, public transit users, and drivers), as well was goods movement and emergency services.

Learn more about how the city balances the needs of all road users.

 

Traffic Management Centre (TMC)

The City's Traffic Management Centre (TMC) is responsible for managing traffic on Toronto's road network that consists of 40 km of expressways and over 5,600 km of roads. The TMC is also responsible for managing approximately 2,300 traffic signals on the road network.

To mitigate traffic congestion on the transportation network, the TMC conducts the following functions: 

  • Maintaining Traffic Signals
  • Providing Traveller Information
  • Managing the Transportation Operations Centre (TOC)

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Traffic Signals

Traffic control signals are electronic devices that are designed to assign the right of way to the various traffic and pedestrian movements at an intersection.

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Traveller Information

The City provides the public with convenient access to current and reliable traveller information to allow travellers the opportunity to make informed decisions on the best timing, mode, and route of their trip.