New Signs to Help Spectators get to TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Events
Temporary Orange, Blue Games Signs Will Direct Spectators to Venues
Ontario is making it easier to get around during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games with over 5,000 orange and blue temporary signs displayed across 16 municipalities that will help direct people to Games' events.
The signs will show spectators the way to events using the TORONTO 2015 Games' sport pictograms, arrows and the official three-letter venue codes. The three-letter code corresponds with information on Games tickets, in the spectator guide and in the trip planner app.
Drivers will also notice new signs on provincial highways that show the locations of temporary high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. In addition to carpoolers and families, provincial HOV lanes can also be used by:
- Public transit vehicles
- Accredited games vehicles
- Electric vehicles with green licence plates
- Licensed taxis and airport limousines
- Emergency vehicles
All signs for the Games have been designed to be easy to understand and comply with accessibility standards. Municipalities and public transit agencies will install, maintain and remove the signs.
Keeping the region moving during the 2015 Games is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic and innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Metrolinx will also produce about 800 Games signs for the GO Transit network.
- About 235 kilometres of temporary HOV lanes will be in place during the Games on stretches of provincial highways 401, 404, 427 and the QEW. The temporary HOV network also includes stretches of the Don Valley Parkway, Gardiner Expressway, Lakeshore Boulevard and Jane Street.
- The temporary HOV network includes about 50 kilometres of existing HOV lanes that will be converted to a three-occupant requirement from June 29 to July 27.
- From June 29 to July 27, vehicles with three or more occupants can use the temporary HOV lanes. From July 28 to Aug.18, the requirement drops to two or more occupants.
- Temporary HOV lanes will operate from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. When not in operation, the lanes will be open to regular traffic.
- The Ministry of Transportation provides free carpool parking at dozens of lots throughout Ontario. For the Games, new temporary lots will also be available in Oshawa and Hamilton.
- About temporary HOV lanes for the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.
- Buy Games tickets. Tickets start at $20, with 75 per cent of tickets priced at $45 and under.
- Download the 2015 Games Trip Planner app for Apple, Android or BlackBerry or use the online version.
- Use Triplinx to plan public transit routes
- Use the Smart Commute tool to carpool
“Whether you’re coming to enjoy events or carpooling to work, we are helping to make it easier to find your way around during the Games. I encourage everyone to plan ahead for a busy and exciting summer.”
“The TO2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Ontarians to see top Canadian and international athletes compete right here at home. Spectators will have a number of ways to get around easily during the Games, so I encourage everyone to join us as we cheer on our athletes.”
“This Games-time signage will help our visitors from near and far find their way around with confidence and ease, enabling them to enjoy not only their event but also all the sights and activities our 16 Games communities have to offer.”
“These temporary HOV lanes will open on June 29. We encourage drivers to plan ahead to ensure they know where the HOV lanes are and how to drive safely while using them. The OPP will be monitoring traffic on the temporary lanes, and will enforce the law on the temporary HOV lanes in the same way we do on the permanent HOV lanes.”
OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair