The 2014 Honda Indy Toronto ‘2inTO’ weekend is less than a month away, and organizers have pledged to do three things to minimize their impact on the city's traffic problems.
"We pledge to do three things to help alleviate traffic, especially along Lake Shore Boulevard where the Verizon IndyCar Series will be run on Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th," said Charlie Johnstone, President of the Honda Indy Toronto. "First, we will only do track work at night, long after the major traffic of the day has dissipated and Torontonians have made their way home. Second, we normally begin our work on Lake Shore Boulevard in June, but this year we won’t start until July when there is less traffic on the roads because of summer holidays. And third, we will not fully close any arteries in and around Lake Shore Boulevard while we work; there will be partial lane closures only and we guarantee that when a lane is blocked it will be for used essential track work."
According to Johnstone, this approach will incur extra costs for the event organizers, but they felt this was the right thing to do. "Indy racing has been a staple of the summer season and waterfront communities since 1986," said Johnstone. "We care deeply about the city, residents and our neighbouring communities. When we learned about the scale of construction in and around the downtown core, we knew we'd want to do everything in our power to minimize our impact."
Johnstone added that fans who intended to take in the race and its festivities would benefit from using public transit. Exhibition Place – site of the race – is well serviced by all forms of public transit, including Go Transit (Lakeshore East and West lines in train service and Niagara Falls/Toronto and Milton/Oakville in bus service) and TTC Streetcar (Routes 509 and 511); the track is only a short walk away from stops along the King and Queen Street corridors.
Track build on Lakeshore Blvd. begins on Tuesday, July 2nd. Two lanes on Lake Shore Blvd., between Strachan Ave. and Ontario Dr., east and west directions, will be closed nightly until Thursday, July 17th, at which time all lanes will be closed for the event weekend until 6 a.m. on Monday July, 21st.
Find out more about the event and purchase tickets at www.hondyindytoronto.com.
Information and quotes provided by Torchia Communications.
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