This week, the area of Queens Quay West and Lower Spadina was painted bright red and it ain’t just for looks. Although it is pretty interesting looking, the markings definitely serve an important purpose.
The TTC has painted red at the confusing intersection of Spadina and Queens Quay in the latest attempt to prevent drivers from entering the tracks. pic.twitter.com/wORtvF9YVi— Randy Risling (@RandyRisling) September 6, 2018
According to the TTC, the project is an attempt to keep streetcar tracks clear for streetcars themselves rather than cars. There has been a long-standing issue with vehicles making their way onto the tracks intruding on the transit system.
Installation of two 10-foot safety gates at #TTC Queens Quay tunnel has started. Will be operational after testing and timing of streetcar transponders is complete in a couple of weeks. Lights and gates and bollards. No excuses for cars entering the tunnel! pic.twitter.com/FNKFzNEaZ4— TTCStuart (@TTCStuart) July 25, 2018
Earlier this summer, the TTC installed some other markers at the entrance of the Queens Quay and York St. entrance. There are lights, bollards and they’re currently testing a set of lifting gates. This was all put in place after they say at least 26 cars have accidentally driven down the tunnel.
Unfortunately for the TTC, video released today at the intersection of Queens Quay West and Spadina proves the red markings aren’t doing what they’re supposed to.
A driver making a left from Lower Spadina to Queen’s Quay makes a quick course correction after rolling into the #TTC streetcar only zone. Red pavement paint was added this week to make the no-go zone more obvious to drivers. pic.twitter.com/N52qFHAgor— Kevin Misener (@Misener680NEWS) September 7, 2018
Kevin Misener of 680News caught a car going directly onto the tracks this morning. He told the radio station “Some people actually don’t see their mistake until somebody honks at them and then they’ll get out of the lane,” he explained. “Some people instantly stop halfway (into the lane) and then back up, which creates more chaos for the people behind them.”
Welp. Nice try TTC.