Good afternoon, I’m Kaylee Remington and we’re beginning a #CityGateway feature looking at the issues facing the city of Toronto, which may be a key city factor in what direction we take with our national transportation strategy.
Late last week, the city and state of Ontario agreed to a short-term reprieve to its Metrolinx regional transportation agency, amid massive backlogs of testing vehicle performance for the region’s intercity Highway 407 network.
According to the New York Times, tests are being done on an upgraded version of the vehicles now for examination in case more of them fail.
The city has put off the highly publicized deadline for a self-driving vehicle industry to deploy 250 of them for commercial service, until at least Jan. 1, 2019.
The first head-to-head test of fully autonomous vehicles are coming this August. Uber’s test cars will maneuver the city limits, part of the process of gaining better experience for self-driving vehicles.
The city also announced that it was late this week still waiting for carbon dioxide emissions data from the closure of Pearson Airport, so new passenger charges for day-trippers from the airport to the city have not yet started.
Toronto faced backlash a year ago, with some calling for it to be booted from its list of North American cities under consideration for Amazon’s second headquarters — due to the increase in COVID-19 chemical emissions from its planes and the fact that the airport shut down, requiring that around 450,000 cars be out of the city every day.
The city is on track to clear the COVID-19 problem this year, Toronto Mayor John Tory said Friday, after the city re-evaluated existing data and created a stronger accountability structure for aviation emission rates.
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