Jun 20, 2013

By Scott Walker

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The head of the Toronto Transit Commission is proposing making King Street a streetcar-only corridor during the morning rush hour.

TTC CEO Andy Byford is suggesting the city investigate banning other vehicles from King in the downtown core between 7:00 and 9:00 to eliminate bunching of streetcars on the Commission’s busiest downtown route.

The idea has been floated twice before: in 2001 and 2007. It was shot down both times, largely because because of objections from businesses on King. Byford says a ban that ends at 9:00 should eliminate those objections.

He’s suggesting a study to look at a ban on King and, possibly, Queen streets. He acknowledges there is likely to be strong opposition to the idea, but he says he’s not doing his job properly if he doesn’t look at every possible solution to gridlock in Toronto.

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