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Duly Quoted: Karen Stintz

TTC Chair to Toronto drivers: no more parked cars blocking streetcars, please.

“Over the weekend, many TTC customers complained about parked cars blocking the streetcars in their tracks. I have asked the TTC CEO, Andy Byford, to review the protocol for dealing with cars that obstruct the streetcars tracks so that the cars can be moved expeditiously. However, City Hall can only do so much to regulate courtesy.”

—TTC Chair Karen Stintz (Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence), in a response to multiple delays caused during the most recent snowstorm by parked cars obstructing streetcars. “There were 102 incidents of cars blocking the streetcar tracks,” Stintz wrote, and those incidents added up “almost 50 hours of service delays.” In addition to her call for common courtesy, Stintz is asking staff to clarify policies around the declaration of snow emergencies. The City chose not to declare one last week, but if it had it would have enabled them to ban parking from major roads.

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