TORONTO, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is
pleased to learn our calls for investment into Intelligent
Transportation Systems (ITS) and the Traffic Management Centre are
being heard at Toronto City Hall.
Today, Mayor Rob Ford announced a $17.4 million funding plan over the
next two years for ITS.
Improvements to traffic signal coordination in the City of Toronto will
help improve road safety, reduce travel times and better manage
"This is a win-win for all road users and residents. This investment in
ITS will also improve response times for emergency vehicles, reduce the
wait times for transit vehicles and help pedestrians move safely across
roads with countdown signals," said Faye Lyons, Government Relations,
The Traffic Management Centre is the heart of the City's Intelligent
Intelligent Transportation Systems also monitor weather and road surface
conditions, and ensure safer road operations. IT systems and technology
also support an integrated multi-modal transportation system that is
efficient and sustainable.
For the past five years, CAA SCO has been advocating for dedicated
funding for leading-edge transportation technologies. During which
time, we have partnered with the University of Toronto, as well as
supported the advancement of research and innovation through the CAA
Graduate Scholarship in Transportation Engineering.
While the City of Toronto is making much needed improvements in this
area, such as converting 2,300 traffic signals, there is much more work
to be done.
"Improvements to better connectivity between the plant and controllers
in the field, increased monitoring capabilities on main arterials and
researching leading edge ITS should be a focus of this administration,"
These additional upgrades and initiatives will help to ensure the
long-term sustainability of the City's transportation network which
will help to reduce congestion, improve safety, protect the environment
and build a strong economy.
CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering roadside services, automotive
care, travel and insurance. There are more than 1.9 million CAA members
in South Central Ontario and over 5.6 million members in Canada. We're
more than Roadside Assistance. We're Life-side Assistance.
SOURCE: CAA South Central Ontario
For further information:
Media contact: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Specialist, CAA SCO, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Communications Specialist, email@example.com, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641.