Keeping Your Business Moving During the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

The 2015 Pan Am Games presents an exciting opportunity for our region, but it also will amplify some challenges we already face in Markham, such as daily congestion, a lack of transit infrastructure, and the second highest commute times in the country. The best way to prepare for the Games is to know what to expect and to plan how your business will operate. By examining your travel habits, you can identify areas and actions that will make your travel during the Games more efficient.

Markham Pan Am/Parapan Am Centre

Anticipate heavier traffic volumes between July 7 and 25 and August 8 and 13.

Roads that will primarily be affected:

  • Warden Avenue from Highway 407 to Highway 7
  • Enterprise Boulevard from Warden Avenue to Kennedy Road
  • Kennedy Road from Highway 407 to Highway 7

Roads will be busier from:

  • As early as 6:00 a.m. to as late as midnight during the Pan Am Games
  • As early as 8:00 a.m. to as late as 10:00 p.m. during the Parapan Am Games

 

Angus Glen Golf Club

Anticipate heavier traffic volumes between July 16 and 19.

Roads that will primarily be affected:

  • Major Mackenzie Drive between Highway 404 and Kennedy Road
  • Elgin Mills Road between Highway 404 and Kennedy Road
  • Warden Avenue between Major Mackenzie Drive and Elgin Mills Road
  • Kennedy Road between Major Mackenzie Drive and Elgin Mills Road

Roads will be busiest from:

  • 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Additional Traffic Measures

New temporary high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes will be introduced during the Games. All carpool lanes will be reserved for carpools with three or more people during the Pan Am Games (June 29 to July 27) and two or more people during the Parapan Am Games.

Need help finding another commuter for your carpool?

Check out the Smart Commute online tool to look for commuters with a similar trip: explore.smartcommute.ca

How to Plan

The Games presents a unique opportunity to try new ways of working that may make your workplace more attractive, sustainable, and productive. By examining your travel habits, you can identify areas and actions that will make your travel during the Games more efficient.

Consider the 4 R’s when developing a Pan Am transportation plan at your workplace:

Reduce: Reducing travel during the Games is the best way to avoid traffic congestion. Consider implementing a telework program and allow your employees to work from home.

Re-mode: Try using a different mode of travel, such as carpooling with a colleague (or two, if you want to take advantage of the 3+ HOV lanes).

Re-time: Check out the competition schedule, and shift your hours on the days where there is a competition or event.

Re-route: Help your customers and employees learn about the traffic changes in your area by providing this information on your website, social media accounts, and phone systems.

Lindsay Taylor is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill. Visit smartcommutemrh.ca for more commuting tips, or to become a Smart Commute Workplace.

 

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