September 1st, 2011
Chair & Members
Public Works and Infrastructure Committee
Re: Request City Staff Report on Traffic Signal Synchronization
Dear Chair and Committee Members,
I am writing to request that the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee instruct Transportation Services to report back to the Committee on the possible implementation of Synchronized Traffic Signals in the City of Toronto.
Studies have shown in projects across North America and in Europe that signal retiming can provide significant direct benefits for the traveling public. One of these benefits is the reduced delay experienced by motorists. Delay savings are more apparent for motorists traveling along arterials where the signals have been coordinated.
Improved signal timing also has indirect benefits. Better coordination along major arterials minimizes the diversion of traffic to local and residential streets, improving safety and traffic conditions. Delay savings result in lower fuel consumption, which in turn can reduce emissions. Improved traffic flow also can reduce wear and tear on pavement, reducing maintenance requirements.
The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee request that the General Manager of Transportation Services report on the cost and feasibility of implementing a Synchronized Traffic Signal system.