Road Emergency Services Communications Unit

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Changeable Message Sign (CMS) on northbound Don Valley Parkway, part of the RESCU traffic management system. The CMS in Toronto are being replaced by a walk-in variation.

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:

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

The 35 kilometres (22 mi) system consists of:

  • 70+ traffic cameras
  • 635 vehicle sensors
  • 5 overhead changeable message signs - Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway
  • 4 portable signs
  • 121 detector stations (650 loops)
  • Remote Traffic Information System (RTIS) - website
  • Queue 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.

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