This Sunday, the King Street pilot project kicks off in Toronto, debuting the city's effort to make transit "king on King."

The pilot project, which will last until December 31, involves turning a portion of King Street into a no-vehicle zone, making travel for buses, streetcars and pedestrians much easier.

King Street commuters who travel by vehicle are warned; the main area affected by the pilot project is between Bathurst and Jarvis Street, meaning that all vehicles traveling through this area will be rerouted east or west of these intersections.

According to reports, this no-go area for cars sees about 20,000 vehicles a day, while about 65,000 people use the streetcar daily.

During the King Transit Pilot, only pedestrians, TTC vehicles, City of Toronto emergency vehicles and cyclists will be allowed in the restricted zone.

Meanwhile, cab vehicles will be allowed to travel through the restricted zone, but only between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily. And all vehicles travelling on North-South streets can still cross King St., but left turns are not permitted on King and vehicles turning right on King must turn into the streetcar lane.

The City of Toronto is anticipating hiccups as the plan comes into effect this weekend, but once the plan has been in place for some time, any travellers caught breaking any of the new transit rules will be charged pretty hefty fines.

For example, one of the new rules of the pilot project includes left turns are banned onto King Street within certain areas. Drivers caught doing this can expect a $110 fine and two demerit points.

And people riding transit along King Street should know that streetcar stops have moved to the far side of each intersection with protected passenger waiting areas, except for King and Bathurst and King and Portland, as these two stops will stay on the near side of the intersection and on the sidewalks.

So anyone travelling by any means along King, you might want to brush up on the rules and plan some extra time to get to your destination because it looks like Toronto may be in for a bit of a messy ride.

Source: Toronto Sun, Global News

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