Pan Am Games guide: What you need to know to get around

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As the 2015 Pan Am Games approach, commuters can expect to see an increase in traffic and transit congestion across the Toronto area.

To combat the congestion, Games organizers are asking residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to work from home or change up their schedule to avoid rush-hour commutes. They're also making temporary changes to major roadways and offering incentives to those taking transit to get to sporting events.

As the 2015 Pan Am Games approach, commuters can expect to see an increase in traffic and transit congestion across the Toronto area.

Organizers have also put together a trip planner to help residents and tourists, complete with Pan Am pointers and travel times. (http://2015gamestripplanner.ca)

From specialty carpool lanes to free TTC passes, here's a guide to what you need to know to get around during the Games:

HOV Lanes

On some of the GTHA's busiest highways, one lane will be converted to a temporary High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane. The move is meant to help athletes and officials get to and from events, while encouraging carpooling with the slight advantage of a specialty lane.

Starting June 29, only those who meet the following criteria can use the HOV lanes between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.:

  • Accredited Games vehicles used to transport athletes, officials, media, etc. (vehicles had to be registered with Pan Am officials in December, and must display a pass issued by the Pan Am organizers)
  • Vehicles with three or more occupants (from June 29 to July 27)
  • Vehicles with two or more occupants (from July 28 to Aug. 18)
  • Emergency vehicles
  • Public transit
  • Licensed taxis and limousines
  • Electric vehicles with green licence plates

A detailed map of the areas with HOV lanes is available online.