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Taxi protest underway, expected to tie up downtown Toronto streets

News staff | posted Wednesday, Dec 9th, 2015

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Beware of more than the usual traffic woes during Wednesday’s morning rush hour.

Hundreds of taxi drivers are participating in a protest against Uber, driving to downtown Toronto from various locations.

The drivers met at four locations: the Woodbine Centre at Rexdale Boulevard and Highway 27, Centrepoint Mall at Yonge Street and Steeles Avenue, Food Basics at Victoria Park and Sheppard avenues, and at the intersection of Queens Quay and Yonge.

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The taxis are expected to travel along Queen Street, University Avenue, Queen’s Park Crescent, Bay Street, and then back to Queen.

The routes planned are:

  • From Woodbine Centre: South on Highway 27, east on the Gardiner Expressway, north on University
  • From Centrepoint Mall: South on Yonge, west on King Street, north on University
  • From Food Basics: South on Victoria Park, onto Highway 401, south on the DVP to the Gardiner, through Jarvis Street and Richmond Street to University.
  • From Queens Quay and Yonge: West on Queens Quay, north on York Street or west on Queens Quay, north on Yonge, west on LakeShore Boulevard West, around Bathurst Street to the Billy Bishop airport, then back up to Adelaide Street to University.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Toronto Taxi Alliance (TTA) said they are not an organizer of the planned demonstration.

“While the TTA supports the aim of the demonstration, which is to encourage the City of Toronto to enforce the law with Uber’s illegal operations, it does not support any tactic which will disrupt traffic or transportation for Toronto drivers and residents.”

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