Closure of centre lane on Jarvis Street, Toronto
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1) We are opposed to the City of Toronto's Jarvis Street Streetscape Improvement proposal to permanently close the centre lane of traffic on Jarvis Street between Bloor St. and Queen St.
2) We call on the Mayor, City Council and the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee of the City of Toronto to reject the proposal.
3) We ask the the City of Toronto to:
i. conduct a trial closure of the centre lane of Jarvis Street for two full months during prime business time (not the summer), preferably during the winter months; and
ii. retain an independent traffic expert to analyze the impact on traffic of this closure and circulate the report to the residents and Council,
prior to having the permanent lane closure presented for approval in front of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.
We are a group of resident associations in Toronto that are opposed to the permanent closing of the centre lane of Jarvis Street.
• The cost of this project is not an effective use of taxpayer’s money. In a City where budgets are stretched to the limit, the need for a non-essential public works project is difficult to justify and the benefits are not clear; especially during a time of economic uncertainty.
• We believe that the closure of one lane of traffic on Jarvis Street will cause significant traffic delays and aggravate an already congested traffic environment in the central city. Without any realistic alternative means to assist residents’ in making their commute in a timely manner this project does not make sense.
We believe that many of the objectives of this project can achieved without reducing the capacity of this major commuter artery.
We are supportive of:
• City of Toronto efforts to make the streetscape of Jarvis Street more attractive through plantings or other beautification initiatives;
• City of Toronto efforts to make the sidewalks along Jarvis Street accessible to those with physical handicaps; and
• Any initiatives to help slow down traffic on Jarvis Street to meet the local residents’ concern arising from speeding traffic.
Facebook group: say "No" to the closure of one lane of Jarvis Street
Email address: donotcloseJarvis@gmail.com