Entire area is a huge clusterf*ck for people who travel through it, into it or live there. I live here, and it takes forever to get in and out of the building especially during game nights. There are several ways it could be improved. At the very least, they should expand traffic cops (currently they have a few in the area during peak hours). The cops could coordinate cars that block intersections and pedestrians that cross on red and otherwise blocking turning traffic. This area doesn't really work well for pedestrians or cars alike. The key problematic intersections are Lower Simcoe and Lake Shore (during games nights), Simcoe and Front St, Bremner and York and the worst is York and Lake Shore (esp the left turning traffic from Gardiner/Lake Shore). I am actually surprised that I haven't seen too many accidents here. In fact, I only saw about 3-4 accidents in the last couple years since the ramp has opened. There are a lot more accidents right on the Gardiner in front of my building. Maybe there are not as many accidents because the traffic is so slow all the time...
Regardless, the city really needs to re-think this area. It just doesn't work well.
Until there is full time traffic enforcement at York/Harbour, York/Brenner, Bay/Harbour, Bay/Lake Shore and etc, nothing is going to change for block intersections for both traffic and pedestrians. Pedestrians get screw 100% most of the time that they either can't cross on the light or have to walk out into traffic to get around to dumb drivers. Had to do that last night on my way to a meeting.
It's not only this area, but many areas in the city downtown area and other areas you see these block intersection. It's just not one area, but a city wide area and Toronto isn't the only city to see this issue.
Bay southbound lane is an HOV lane, yet full of through illegal traffic that TTC route 6 bus has a hard time getting down the street.
The Simcoe off ramp lanes should block off traffic trying to get to York Street and force the York folks to do around the block route.
Now, when is the Bay on ramp for Bay be remove and the new off ramp at Yonge get built to allow the removal of the Jarvis Ramp and rebuilding the road system for One York St Development??
There is a Public drop in meeting on Jan 16 for the new York Love Park and see the thread for the park.