Toronto’s King Street Pilot Extended To The End Of July 2019

King Street Pilot Extended
Photo by Emile Séguin on Unsplash.
King Street Pilot Extended
Photo by Emile Séguin ?? on Unsplash.

It’s official, the King Street Pilot will continue well into 2019. Following a vote by city council on Thursday, the TTC pilot project was extended another seven months.

The pilot project which started in November 2017, will now run until July 31, 2019.

READ: Christopher Hume’s Top Transit Project of 2017 — King Street Pilot

The controversial transit project was introduced to improve conditions for transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. It restricts vehicles from turning left on King Street between Bathurst and Jarvis streets, right-turns are permitted. East-west through traffic is also restricted at major intersections.

READ: King Street Pilot Success Clears Track For College Street Pilot Project

City council voted 19 to three in favour of extending the pilot after city staff recommended the extension to allow for more time to prepare a report on the project’s impact.

Councillors Mike Ford, Stephen Holyday and Jim Karygiannis voted against extending the pilot.

READ: 10 Pictures That Will Make You Say “Only On The ****ing TTC”

“The King Street Transit Pilot demonstrates that we can move a larger number of people on the city’s busiest surface route, quickly and reliably, while managing the impact on drivers and local businesses,” Don Peat, a spokesman for Mayor John Tory said in a statement on Monday. “The city is continuing to carefully measure this pilot to make sure that it works for more than 80,000 daily riders of the King Street streetcar and everyone who enjoys this part of our city.”’

Throughout the year-long pilot period, multiple studies have shown transit users are in favour of extending the project, but several business owners have complained that vehicle restrictions on King Street have led to a decline in business.

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