2015 Pan Am Games – Prepare for Traffic Delays

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Toronto is set to host the 2015 Panam & Parapan American Games this summer scheduled to take place July 10th through August 15th. The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games. With the influx of spectators, athletes and support staff, traffic in the region will be restricted during this time.

General traffic changes

During the Games, some routes will be busier than normal, especially during rush hour. Temporary traffic measures such as parking restrictions or turning bans will reduce congestion near venues and ensure Games participants can travel safely to and from events.

In addition to traffic measures near events, some measures will be used throughout the Games period to keep traffic moving. Those measures include:

  • new temporary HOV lanes
  • coordinated construction schedules to keep lanes open
  • integrated response from police and road crews to clear delays

Local traffic changes

If you live or work near a Games site, read the plans to see how you may be affected.

As local plans are completed, they will be posted here. The proposed plans are subject to change, so be sure to check back frequently for the latest information to help you plan ahead.

Travel tips

You can avoid unplanned delays and help keep the region moving during the Games.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. know what traffic measures will be in place in your area and how they may impact you (check this site often for the latest information)
  2. plan your trips well ahead of time
  3. carpool and take advantage of new temporary HOV lanes
  4. take transit to avoid traffic
  5. get active by cycling, jogging or walking instead of driving
  6. if you need to drive, plan alternate routes to avoid busy areas along the Games Route Network and near events
  7. avoid travelling during rush hour whenever possible
  8. ask your employer about working flex-hours or telecommuting during the Games
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