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Carriers meet with Pan Am Games officials to talk traffic


TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) held a meeting Friday with Pan Am Games officials and carriers that are worried about how the Games will affect their businesses.

It’s expected the Games will bring increased congestion to the Toronto area’s already congested roads. Some lanes on major highways such as the 401 will be converted to high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

Ministry of Transportation officials discussed their Keeping the Region Moving strategy, which can be viewed here.

Carriers in attendance urged officials to make policies as fluid as possible so that decision-makers can have the flexibility to change rules in reaction to unforeseen events, such as a major accident, the OTA reports. Trucking officials also suggested traffic planners work closely with police to rapidly clear accidents that occur.

Officials urged trucking companies to make use of the 2015 Games Trip Planner app, which provides real-time traffic information for the GTA.

Also, MTO has a site at www.Ontario.ca/Games, which will be updated each evening and provide an update on Games-related traffic situations expected for the following day.


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