“Great Deal” of Traffic Congestion Due to Gardiner Closure

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“Great Deal” of Traffic Congestion Due to Gardiner Closure

Close to half drove the city while Expressway closed, half were inconvenienced

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 757 Toronto voters, close to half drove in the city the weekend the Gardiner Expressway closed for maintenance (48%). Of these, well more than one half (58%) encountered “a great deal” of traffic congestion, while, in total, three quarters encountered at least some traffic congestion (77%). In total, among all voters, one third suffered at least some congestion because of the Gardiner closure (37%), and more than a quarter of all Torontonians encountered “a great deal of congestion” (28%). Encountering a great deal of congestion is typical of younger respondents (35 to 44 - 40%), mid income groups ($60K to $80K - 40%) and in Etobicoke (38%), among those with kids (40%).

Driving in the city on the weekend of October 22 and 23 was common to the young (under 45 - 54%), males (57%), mid income groups ($60K to $80K - 61%), residents of Etobicoke (55%), those with kids (57%), those who commute by private vehicle (63%) and bicycle (55% - caution: small base size).

“While we all recognize the Gardiner needs regular maintenance, we don’t realize the extent to which it is a major feeder artery to the city. When it’s closed, the whole city knows it" said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at lbozinoff@forumresearch.com or at (416) 960-9603.