Steve Rose Manager of Traffic and Parking Services
2018–2022 Strategic Plan
Level of service at three business intersections is one of three key performance indicators relating to the Improving the Ability to Get Around priority, one of five priorities outlined in City Council's
2018–2022 Strategic Plan.
Improved service levels at major intersections within Barrie demonstrates improved traffic flows along road networks and connections.
Level of service (LOS) is used in the transportation industry as a qualitative measurement to describe the conditions of traffic flow. The measurement is based on a combination of service measures such as travel speed, travel time, freedom to maneuver, traffic delay, driving comfortability, lane configurations, and roadway conditions.
There are six levels of service that are represented through letters A to F, with A representing the best operating conditions and F the worst. A level of service E is the industry goal for intersections during periods of heavy traffic flows within urban areas.
Staff rolled out the new centralized traffic system in Q4 and have started adding the major intersections online. Covid19 lockdowns have had impacts to traffic numbers across the City with vehicle volume reductions of 10–20% and collisions were down approximately 25%.
Continue to bring online the outstanding intersections and prepare analytic reporting tools to monitor the daily operation along the major corridors. Signal modifications are planned for Mapleview Drive and Costco/Park Place to add an additional right turn signal to allow for more capacity exiting Park Place and improving intersection operations.
2019 Performance: Level of Service of E or Better
Updated turning movement counts along with historical signal timings and any current traffic concerns are used to analyze the traffic operations of the corridors to identify areas for signal timing improvements to improve travel speed, travel time, freedom to maneuver, traffic delay, driving comfortability, lane configurations, and roadway conditions.
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