April 19, 2004

Combating Traffic Congestion Plan begins with new traffic signals at Yonge Street and Davis Drive in Newmarket

NEWMARKET New traffic signals were installed at the intersection of Yonge Street and Davis Drive in Newmarket last night to alleviate traffic congestion along those stretches of roadways.
The fully protected traffic signals at Yonge Street and Davis Drive in place since the 1960s have been replaced with "protected/permissive" left turn signals, which allow cars to turn after the advanced green if the roadway is clear.  It is anticipated that the change could reduce traffic delay by as much as 38 per cent on those sections of roads.
The signal change is the first step in a year-long Combating Traffic Congestion Plan, announced on April 7th by York Regional Chair Bill Fisch, Town of Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell and York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge.  It includes:
 Reducing delays along portions of arterial roads through traffic light signalization improvements
o Delays have already been reduced up to 52 per cent in some sections
 York Regional Police Save-a-Life Campaign
o The 2003/04 Operation Winter Blitz proved a huge success in educating drivers about the need to alter their driving habits in adverse conditions
 York Region Capital Roads Budget
o $156.3 million that includes the widening of many roads and intersection enhancements
 York Region Transit (YRT)
o Purchase 35 new conventional YRT buses and 5 Mobility Plus specialized buses
 York Rapid Transit Plan
o $150 million partnership with the Federal and Provincial governments
 Smart Commute Initiative
o Finalizing an agreement this Spring creating two new Transportation Management Associations in the Region
 Advocating for the Expansion of Highway 404 and Highway 427
o Important for the Region's economic growth
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca.
Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
- Email: michael.kemp@region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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