Local residents are painfully aware of the traffic delays caused by the backup of cars trying to turn left onto eastbound 401 from Yonge Street. Now it's time to focus on the other big delay - by the Provincial Ministry of Transportation - which has now spent years finding ways to avoid fixing this problem.
At John Filion's initiative, improving the Yonge/401 interchange has been identified as the single most important solution to traffic gridlock in the Yonge & Sheppard area. Recently City Council asked Mayor John Tory to raise the issue directly with Premier Kathleen Wynne. He did. However, the response was another letter from MTO to the City in May referencing yet another traffic study.
The Provincial Transportation staff don't care about congestion on Yonge Street because it's not their road. Although they won't say it directly in public, they want to keep the situation the way it is because it helps contain traffic entry onto their road - the 401. No matter how many studies are done, the Provincial bureaucrats keep stalling by requiring another one.
The City has set aside funding for its share of a solution. Because the interchange is on Provincial land, the City can't fix the problem by itself.
John wrote to the Minister of Transportation this month expressing his frustration on behalf of residents. He has also launched a community website
documenting the history of the issue and linking to an online petition
Please take a moment to sign the petition
seeking a clear commitment from MTO. If you can, forward it to others in the neighbourhood. It's time to stop the delays!