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New Bus By-Pass Lanes Approved for Don Valley Parkway

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New Bus By-Pass Lanes Approved for Don Valley Parkway

McGuinty Government Helps Improve Public Transit

Bus by-pass lanes along the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) now have the go-ahead under the Environmental Assessment Act.

The lanes will help GO Transit bus commuters get to their destinations faster when traffic is heavy. The project is comprised of 4.1 kilometres of new bus by-pass lanes in two separate sections of the DVP between St. Dennis Drive and Pottery Road. The project will require changing the outside shoulder lanes on the DVP into bus by-pass lanes to maintain the current number of lanes for motorists.

Increasing public transit is a part of the McGuinty government's plan to improve air quality and strengthen the economy.  A strong economy creates jobs for Ontarians and protects the services that mean most to families - health care and education.

Quick Facts

  • Buses will only use the by-pass lanes when traffic is moving 60 kilometres per hour or slower.
  • The first bus by-pass lanes along a more northerly section of the DVP were opened in November 2010 as a pilot project.
  • The proposed bus by-pass lanes will only be used by authorized GO Transit buses and vehicles, as well as emergency service vehicles and broken-down vehicles.

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“These new dedicated bus lanes improve GO Transit's service efficiency and reliability along the Don Valley Parkway without reducing the traffic carrying capacity of the road. As well, it will be implemented in a way that is fully protective of the environment.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

“These new lanes are one of the many ways the McGuinty government and GO Transit are improving service for commuters by helping them get to their destinations quicker. By supporting public transit we are strengthening our economy and protecting the environment by taking more cars off the road.”

Bob Chiarelli

Infrastructure and Transportation

“This is another boost for York GO bus commuters. The McGuinty government is building a bigger, better transit system to serve our growing region.”

Michael Chan

MPP Markham-Unionville

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