The City of Toronto recently announced steps toward investing in data to better understand how, where and when people travel and how the City can use this information to better assist the public in moving around Toronto. Transportation Services’ new Big Data Innovation Team will build on work already underway partnering with McMaster University to analyze historical travel data on city expressways and streets. It will also integrate data collected from the City’s bicycle tracking app to help identify gaps in the City’s current cycling infrastructure.
In Ward 23, optimizing the use of technology and data to ease the ongoing traffic gridlock is welcome news. The City also announced several technological initiatives last summer with the opening of its new Transportation Operations Centre. John also continues to work with Transportation and Planning staff to more effectively link traffic impacts to planning applications.