In anticipation of the further lifting of Public Health restrictions, the municipality is preparing to implement adjustments to the transportation network, as part of the collective effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
As the need for physical distancing will remain in place for the foreseeable future, and as transportation patterns evolve throughout the recovery phase, the municipality is identifying required adaptations to the use of its streets, sidewalks and bike lanes.
Municipal staff are actively engaged in planning temporary measures that can be deployed quickly, while also considering what will be needed over the coming months in response to Public Health directives. The implementation plan includes short, medium, and long-term actions to adapt the use of public space and municipal transportation networks.
The municipality will focus on the following key areas:
- Maintaining transportation systems to safely move all residents and goods as the city reopens
- Keeping front-line workers safe, and actively managing and supporting both operational and remote office workforces
- Accommodating delivery & pick-up needs (e.g., restaurants' new delivery models)
- Relieving crowded areas (e.g., parks and narrow sidewalks) to support health department guidance for physical distancing
- Creating clear messaging of the recovery effort as it relates to transportation