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$120,000 lets GO buses speed through DVP rush hour

Starting yesterday, GO buses will be able to bypass rush hour traffic by driving on the shoulder lanes of the Don Valley Parkway between Lawrence and just north of York Mills Road in both directions.

"This initiative is aimed at improving transit reliability and making it more attractive than the car," says Nazzareno Capano, manager of operation planning and policy for the city's transportation services, "and for the go transit customers, it will provide faster, more reliable service to them."

At a cost of about $120,000, new signs and pavement painting were added to the stretch of the DVP, which will enable GO buses to zip over onto them when traffic is slow. They'll be allowed to go as much as 20km faster than the speed of traffic.

It doesn't impact the highway capacity of the DVP as it exists now," Capano says. "We're not taking away a lane from motorists, we're just trying to improve the efficiency for GO transit along this corridor.

Capano says there are plans in the works  to add two more sections of GO express lanes to the DVP, between Pottery Road and Don Mills, and then from Don Mills to Eglinton, though he says those projects, which are currently being studied, will be much more extensive and expensive, involving new lighting and widening shoulders and railway bridges.

Writer: Bert Archer
Source: Nazzareno Capano

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