Driven in downtown Toronto lately?
A word of advice:
Yeah, street car tracks need maintenance.
And I'm sure the good folks who plan these things try to minimize the inconvenience.
But holy crap...
Trying to drive anywhere near York, Adelaide and Richmond Streets these days? You better pack a lunch.
Case in point: The only apparent way to get in to the Hilton Hotel at Richmond and University the other day was to go the wrong way on Richmond, which is nominally one-way westbound.
I must have done four clockwise laps of Queen-Bay-King-University looking for alternatives before I just bit the bullet and made what appeared to be the illegal right onto Richmond.
There is a 'two-way traffic' sign in front of the hotel itself, but you can't see it from northbound University, so there's nothing to indicate you can make that turn.
That same day I also had to get to King Street, west of Spadina. The even more recent closure of King west of Spadina, also for street car track maintenance, meant another detour.
Which is another issue - the road layout seems to change daily.
Good job I'm a city boy, and could figure out work-arounds as needed; how visitors find their way I cannot guess.
The traffic is just nuts.
Now, those visitors to our fair city who arrive by car have no options, other than to consign their car to a parking lot when they arrive, and take cabs or walk until they head on back home.
But the lesson for locals, both those who use the street cars which need that track maintenance AND those who believe that "TTC" stands for "Take The Car" is:
Come on people; I've been telecommuting since 1982. Time to move forward...