One of the secondary effects is that several north-south streets are being blocked. This is particularly acute on Bathurst, where westbound drivers regularly block the intersection. One neighbour reported to me that she watched as the Bathurst 7 southbound bus took 20 minutes to travel two blocks (from under the Old Forest Hill bridge to the stop at Eglinton because the flow of traffic was halthed southbound by westbound drivers on Eglintion. I, and several of my concerned neighbours have now routinely seen traffic backed up from Eglinton to Glencairn as a result.
Standing on Eglinton, I can see that the problem is the traffic light sequence, especially the new set up at the Allen. Drivers now have to compete with pedestrians during the green light phase. The flow of cars from Eglintion westbound onto the Allen north is being bottlenecked. It strikes me that this is a perfect scenario for Point Duty officers during peak periods. I also think officers at Bathurst/Eglinton intersection would be helpful during peak periods as well.
I look forward to your response.