November 20, 2017
City of Toronto officially begins sharing traffic data with Waze to help motorists navigate the city
Today, Mayor John Tory announced a new partnership with Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Through this partnership, the City of Toronto and Waze will provide free access to each other’s real-time traffic and road data, providing motorists with the best information to navigate the city.
“For the first time, the City is sharing its traffic data with Waze and Waze users. This partnership will give our traffic operations centre better visibility into traffic patterns and provide Waze users enhanced information to plan and adjust their commute,” said Mayor Tory. “Over the last three years, we have finally focused on fighting traffic in Toronto and improving commute times. I am determined to build on the progress we’ve made and continue the fight each and every day.”
Through its Connected Citizens Program, Waze app users will now have access to the City’s traffic data in real-time, providing a greater ability for motorists to avoid road closures, construction and traffic jams. More information about Waze’s Connected Citizens Program is available at https://www.waze.com/ccp.
The City will also be able to leverage anonymous Waze driver and traffic insights to make data-driven infrastructure decisions. In the Toronto area alone, there are more than 560,000 active Waze app users. Traffic accidents, hazards and congestion details can also be posted by users in the app. Every app user and trip improves the Waze map, and this data will help City staff better respond to issues as they occur.
“Waze was founded on the belief that we can outsmart traffic together,” said Mike Wilson, Waze Canada’s country manager. “Our partnership with the City of Toronto will empower drivers with real-time information on routes, traffic alerts and road closures to get them to their destination on time. Additionally, by leveraging Waze insights, the City will now have greater visibility into traffic patterns and will be able to make better planning decisions.”
In addition, Waze will help the City to disseminate traffic and road closure information for major events, highway maintenance and pilot projects, such as the King Street Pilot that was launched last week.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada’s 150th birthday with “TO Canada with Love,” a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.
#Picture2050 is a Photography Contest for photographers of all ages, inspired by the Toronto’s TransformTO Climate Plan
The goal of the plan is to reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build a healthy, equitable and prosperous city.
Imagine Toronto in the year 2050.
What does a caring, thriving, climate-friendly city of the future look like?
Submit up to 3 photos that help visualize the Toronto you would like to see in 2050.
There are 3 award categories:
1. Kids, age 11 and under
2.Youth, age 12-17
3. Adults, age 18 and over.
Submit up to 3 photos by December 15th, 2017
What will make Toronto a climate-friendly place with thriving communities?
The city of Toronto is diverse, and many visions co-exist in its transformation.
Help us visualize the people, places and emotions that move us towards our city’s climate goals.
Show us what is happening now that looks like Toronto’s future.
Show us the visions that kids and young adults have for their future.
The winner in each category will be awarded $100 and will be recognized at an award ceremony.
The winning photographs, along with 4 “honourable mentions” in each category, will be framed and featured in a public exhibit.
Your images will be shared on the website and in social media.
Hashtags: #Picture2050 #TransformTO #TOgether.
Sunday, November 26, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON
Help the High Park Stewards remove buckthorn, one of the worst invasive species in High Park. Buckthorn removal is a popular activity for anyone who likes being outdoors and finds satisfaction in restoring the park’s ecology; a few hours of work make a real difference. For students, it is also a way to collect volunteer hours.
Another group will work on the boulevard beds, a native plant garden in front of the Grenadier Restaurant.
The final session, on November 26, will be followed by a potluck lunch at the Howard Park Tennis Club (430 Parkside Drive).
Please meet us at 10:30 am in front of the Grenadier Restaurant if you want to work on the boulevard beds, or go directly to the site near Howard Park Avenue and Parkside Drive for buckthorn busting (see the map on the web site).
For more information:
The City is holding a community consultation meeting at City Hall where you can learn more about the City-led study on laneway suites. The study, named Changing Lanes, is a City of Toronto initiative with the goal of considering the opportunity to allow and regulate laneway suites on the numerous laneways across the Toronto and Easy York areas of the City. A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house or townhouse, and generally located in the rear yard next to a laneway. Laneway suites are smaller in scale and completely detached from the main house on the lot. If you want to learn more about the Changing Lanes initiative, ask questions, and share your comments, please attend the meeting on November 30, 2017 at 6:30 PM at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West in the Council Chambers.