HOV lane restrictions now in effect for Pan Am Games

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TORONTO – Traffic measures such as temporary HOV lanes and parking restrictions come into effect today in advance of the Toronto Pan Am Games.

Temporary HOV lanes will be open to accredited Games vehicles used to transport athletes, media and technical officials.

From June 29 to July 27, they’ll be open to vehicles with three or more occupants.

Meanwhile, the HOV lanes will be available to vehicles with two or more occupants from July 28 to August 18.

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The lanes will operate from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and is clearly marked with signs and pavement markings.

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There will be penalties for misuse of the lanes with fines of up to $110 and three demerit points.

In Toronto, a number of traffic lane changes will come into effect including parking restrictions and turning bans.

A full list of local traffic plans can be found here.

Organizers are reminding people attending events to use public transit and car pool as much as possible to get to the venues.

The Pan Am Games run from July 10 to July 26 with the Parapan Am Games to follow August 7 to 15.

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