Toronto’s most popular mayoral candidate, Olivia Chow, revealed her plan to relieve traffic congestions in the city on Thursday, promising to crack down on those who clog up streets unnecessarily. Addressing reporters on Thursday morning, Chow outlined a number of steps she would take, if elected, to make sure traffic runs more smoothly.
Explaining her plans, Chow stated that “at intersections and lanes that are closed because of construction, but there is no construction going on, companies should be fined.” Chow exemplified such situations with River Street north of Gerrard Street as an example of a spot where motorists have been frustrated by ongoing lane closures for months, despite the fact that construction work is not always visible. According to Chow, developers should have to pay more to shut down lanes of traffic for construction. She alleged that “because there’s a flat fee, there’s no financial incentives for companies to make construction go faster,” and so “we should reward good performance.”