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Traffic Jam Hackathon

With Stephen Buckley, General Manager of Transportation Services, and Myles Currie, Director of the Traffic Management Centre

With Stephen Buckley, General Manager of Transportation Services, and Myles Currie, Director of the Traffic Management Centre

Congestion is an $11 billion-a-year problem in Toronto and it’s my key priority as Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

Earlier this year, I directed city transportation staff to explore how we can use big data to understand, evaluate and reduce congestion and gridlock.

Big data focuses on using advanced analytics to mine and make use of massive amounts of information from different sources, such as GPS locational data, traffic cameras as well as Bluetooth and wifi information – to name a few.

In October 2015, I helped kick off the city’s first ever Hackathon. Cosponsored by Evergreen CityWorks, the event brought together more than 150 talented individuals from across disciplinary lines and gave them 48 hours to jump start solutions to gridlock using a variety of different data sources.

Click here for more information about the Hackathon and the winning ideas.

Streamlining Fire and EMS

A long awaited service efficiency review of Toronto Fire Services and Emergency Medical Services  (EMS) came to City Council in July for review and discussion. The review evaluated how the two divisions deliver services and focused on recommendations for improvements.

Our aging population is putting significant pressure on EMS – demand has increased by almost 30 percent over the last 10 years and is expected to keep on rising – while the number of fires is down despite population growth. The service efficiency review came at just the right time.

The review found opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing between Fire and EMS, and I moved a successful motion asking for a report on streamlining the administrative structure of the two services by integrating them under a single city manager’s portfolio.