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On-Street Bus Parking on Queen Street at Toronto City Hall to be Impacted by Nathan Phillips Square Redevelopment

from OMCA

OMCA was invited to meet with City of Toronto officials this week to discuss how redevelopment of Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto's City Hall will impact bus parking spaces on Queen Street. Currently there are four designated free on-street bus parking spaces on Queen Street (one hour maximum) adjacent to Nathan Phillips Square. The square will soon undergo major redevelopment which will reduce these bus spaces to just two. Furthermore, the City intends to sign the two spaces for loading and unloading only, and not for parking.

We expressed a number of concerns we had with their proposal and explained how it would negatively impact bus and tour operators and increase traffic congestion as buses would have to circle the block waiting for one of the two spaces to open up, or double-park on Queen Street to load or unload groups. We also expressed concern over the continual reduction in the number of on-street bus parking spaces in the past few years due to redevelopment in the downtown core. We are pleased that City staff listened and have proposed creating six new dedicated free on-street bus parking spaces close by City Hall on Armoury Street and Chestnut Street. These spaces would be available for buses to park for a maximum of 2 hours, and groups could easily walk between there to Nathan Phillip's Square. We will continue to work with City staff in the weeks ahead to ensure these six new spaces are created, which will require a new by-law to be passed by City Council. more

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