New incentives to bring people back to King St

The city is trying new incentives to try and bring people back to King Street, in response to local business owners to say a streetcar pilot project is keeping people away.

In addition to earlier announced measures like fire pits, and flame jugglers, the city announced changes that mostly affect parking.

There will be an additional 90 parking spaces on side streets, and the Toronto Parking Authority will offer up to $10, or two hours of free on street parking, in the pilot area for drivers who use the Green P app.

New loading zones for vehicles and trucks have been added in several areas in the pilot zone.

There will also be more of the new low-floor streetcars added to the 504 and 514 routes, as they become avaialble.

"We are dedicated to making sure King Street works for everyone," Tory said in the statement.

"I believe these updates to the pilot will help transit riders, businesses and drivers. I remain committed to listening to everyone about this project and making changes where they make sense."

This comes on the same day Mayor Tory meets with local business owners to hear their concerns about  lost business they've blamed on the King Street pilot project.

It also comes on the heels of a new report by the TTC, that gives examples of how the project is affecting ridership and commute times.

The average time saved while riding a streetcar on King is still only about 2.5 minutes from the period before the pilot was launched.

The report also suggests the affect the project is having on surrounding traffic is negligible at +/- one minute on the routes around King Street.