The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

What's your Pan Am Plan?

WHITBY, ON April 10, 2015

As local municipalities within Durham gear up to host several Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games events this summer, the Region is encouraging residents and businesses to consider alternate transportation options to keep traffic moving.

“When we welcome many athletes and spectators to Durham this summer, residents should be mindful that traffic volumes will be heavier, especially on event days,” says Susan Siopis, Director of Transportation and Field Services. “Our Traffic Management Centre will be working in co-operation with the Province to address transportation priorities and mitigate traffic congestion during the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. We've also limited road construction during the Games to help minimize delays. But we still need residents help to improve traffic flow by considering alternate transportation options.”

As part of its transportation plan, the Province of Ontario will be implementing high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes (also known as carpool lanes) on 400-series highways across the Greater Toronto Area, including on Highway 401 in Ajax and Pickering, from June 29 to Aug. 18. For more information, visit

“There are many ways to get around Durham, from walking and cycling to taking transit and carpooling,” says Sandra McEleney, Planning Analyst for Smart Commute Durham. “Choosing an alternate transportation option is good for the environment, good for traffic flow and can also save you money—a win for everyone. Now is the perfect time to try carpooling to work, so you can take advantage of the special HOV lanes coming this summer.”

More information about traffic planning during the Games can be found at

Smart Commute Durham, a program of Metrolinx, offers services to help commuters start a carpool, take transit, cycle, walk or telework. To get started, use the new online tool at, where you can explore your options, match your trip with others and track your trips. Businesses can take advantage of a new, free service to support the development and implementation of Games Travel Plans. Learn more at

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