City of Toronto Introduces Monthly Utility Billing Pilot Program

The city’s Revenue Services division is now offering property owners the option to receive their utility billings on a monthly basis. This one year pilot program allows a monthly billing option to residential customers for payment of their utility bill in a more efficient way and in manageable payment increments.

For more information or to apply for this program, please click here.

City rolls out real-time travel time info on highways

The roll out of the city’s congestion management plan continues!

The city just launched a pilot project where real-time travel information will be displayed on electronic signs on our highways and arterial roads to provide motorists with better information as they travel around the city.

The 11 signs, located on the Gardiner, DVP and Lake Shore Boulevard, will display the travel time to various points along these routes. Seven more signs will be installed as part of the project this year.

This project is part of the city’s five-year plan to tackle congestion and improve traffic flow, which also includes signal retiming and synchronization as well as curb lane management and the installation of traffic cameras to improve real time traffic management.

Post City Column: Making art in Mt. Pleasant

By Jaye Robinson
Post City Magazine
January 2013

I am happy to announce that a new and innovative pilot project is underway in Ward 25! Many residents have written or spoken to me about the unsightly graffiti spread across the Mt. Pleasant Road overpass’ support columns.

The overpass stretches across Alexander Muir Park, a popular dog walking spot, and the graffiti really takes away from the natural, ravine-like setting.

A resident of the ward recently approached city staff with a creative idea to help combat the graffiti, and I am very happy to inform residents that we have adopted the idea and the pilot project is now underway!

The graffiti has been removed and a local artist painted large picture frames in its place. Our goal now is not only to keep the graffiti contained to the area within the picture frames, but to encourage other local artists to contribute meaningful, artistic work — the kind of works that add vibrancy to our streets and public squares.

If the pilot is successful and graffiti-related vandalism can be reduced, the city will also save money by reducing cleanup costs.

City staff will be monitoring the project to ensure any and all work is community appropriate. Should the project be deemed unsuccessful for whatever reason, we will remove the frames.

If you happen to be in Alexander Muir Park in the coming weeks, please let me know what you think about this pilot project by sending me an e-mail, at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca, or by contacting my office at 416-395-6408. You can also contact city staff directly by e-mail at graffiti@toronto.ca.