This is what King St. will look like as a transit zone
King Street is about to undergo some serious changes.
From new right turn signals to dedicated streetcar lanes, let’s take a trip along King Street to see all the new rules and changes that will take effect next month (November 2017).
Left turns at signalized intersections (turning off King) will be banned in the pilot area, while current left turn restrictions for turns onto King will remain.
Dedicated right turn lanes will be marked. To prevent being blocked by streetcars, the streetcar stops have been moved to the far side of the intersections.
Parking has also been completely removed (though there are some designated areas for deliveries and pick ups and drops offs).
Cyclists, unlike drivers, are permitted to drive through intersections.
Drivers looking to pick up and drop off passengers must do so on north-south streets or in the designated passenger drop off zones.
The new right turn advances will be something for both vehicles and pedestrians to adjust to.
The pilot project ends at Jarvis Street in the East, where the street resumes in its former configuration. However, drivers will still not be able to drive through the Jarvis/King intersection and must instead must turn off of King.
People who typically drive down King may have to endure a bit of a headache for the time being, but the project will hopefully help with transit congestion, and provide a faster trip for many through the downtown core.
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