Highway 401 and 10 Patrol Yard is one of six highway maintenance patrol yards that service the Peel/Halton area, as well as 65 of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s (MTO) 120 winter trucks, including plows, tow plows and spreaders. This state-of-the-art green garage facility, constructed in accordance with LEEDS requirements and opened in 2011, has indoor heated bays and a sheltered “hot roof” for equipment storage. Participants will visit the facility and view a wide range of modern highway maintenance equipment.
The 407 ETR was the first all-electronic toll highway in North America. This presentation and tour will provide an overview of the highways significant growth (extensions, expansions, and increases in usage) since 1999 and implementation of the technologies that provide efficient and effective toll highway services and accurate and timely operations. The tour will include a guided tour of 407 ETR’s back office operations, where participants will have an opportunity to witness the technology on 407 ETR’s Test Gantry and roadside unit located onsite.
This walking tour will focus on complete streets planning with a focus on implementation of accessibility (AODA), wayfinding, infrastructure and design related to active transportation in Toronto. The tour will allow participants to speak with staff involved in both policy and implementation on a number of projects within half a mile of the Sheraton Centre. Highlights will include rebalancing the right-of-way for purposes of wider sidewalks and bike lanes, Toronto 360 (new wayfinding program), new lane widths and tactile walking strips, and a tour of Market Street (Toronto's first flexible street). Participants will also experience street redevelopment at Union Station including all new material standards and traffic operations considerations.
The City of Toronto has made significant investments to facilitate cycling. This tour will provide an opportunity for participants to experience firsthand Toronto's cycling infrastructure on bikes provided by the public Bikeshare program. The tour will commence at a location close to the Sheraton Centre; participants will witness the network and all types of cycling infrastructure constructed across the downtown core, including separated and elevated cycle tracks, contra-flow bike facilities, bike parking and signage.
Union Station, the largest rail passenger transportation hub in Canada, has been undergoing a massive redevelopment and expansion to accommodate increased demand. Participants will enjoy a walking tour of Union Station including the TTC, GO rail station, train shed and bus terminal. The tour will include explanations of plans for areas still under construction, including the new bus terminal development, as well as Regional Express Rail expansion plans. Participants will also experience the skywalk while viewing the Union Station Rail Corridor and signal control tower, and ride the Union Pearson) UP Express to Bloor station.
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is the largest light rail project in Canada currently under construction. This tour will include the project planning, approach to land-use development, and community benefits program that targets employment, apprenticeships and local supplier opportunities. Participants will learn about tunneling operations as well as the alternative financing and procurement process, and visit areas under construction.