Road Emergency Services Communications Unit

The Road Emergency Services Communications Unit (RESCU) is a traffic management system used by the City of Toronto on city managed highways. The system is used to monitor traffic on:

  • Gardiner Expressway from the Queen Elizabeth Way to the Don Valley Parkway – 28 cameras
  • Don Valley Parkway from the Gardiner Expressway to Ontario Highway 401 – 17 cameras
  • Lake Shore Boulevard from near Parkside Drive to Leslie Street – 17 cameras
  • Allen Road from Finch Avenue West to Eglinton Avenue – 9 cameras

Various intersections through the GTA are also monitored including Woodbine Avenue and Steeles Ave. / Ontario Highway 404 , Black Creek Drive and Lawrence Avenue West, Don Mills Road and Overlea Boulevard , and Warden Avenue and Ellesmere Road

The 35 kilometer (22 mi) system consists of:

  • 70+ traffic cameras
  • 635 vehicle sensors
  • 5 overhead changeable messages signs – Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway
  • 4 portable signs
  • 121 detector stations (650 loops)
  • Remote Traffic Information System (RTIS) – website
  • Tail End Warning System – reminder for drives that Allen Road ends at Eglinton Avenue West by using flashing light / sign and display screen on southbound Allen Road at Glengrove Avenue and south of Viewmount Avenue; Advisory overhead sign at Flemingdon Road.

See also

RESCU is linked to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation ‘s Freeway Traffic Management System or COMPASS.



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