Cutting congestion and gridlock remains my number one priority as Chair of Public Works.
That’s why I’m pleased to share the results of the city’s 2014 Traffic Signal Coordination Program.
In 2014, the city synchronized 224 traffic signals on 7 major corridors, including Yonge, Leslie and Sheppard.
The results were impressive, including:
- A 10% decrease in overall vehicle delay;
- A 4.5% decrease in fuel consumption (equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 693 homes’ electricity use for one year!); and,
- A 4.6% decrease in emissions.
Overall, the 2014 work resulted in an estimated annual savings of nearly $17 million in reduced congestion-related costs.
Signal synchronisations also offer a great return on investment. The benefit-cost ratio of the 7 major corridors retimed in 2014 was 63 to 1!
Better yet, there’s more in store for 2015. 343 synchronizations on 11 major corridors are scheduled this year, bringing the four year synchronization total to nearly 1,000 since the program began in 2012.