The Province Decides Not to Proceed with GTA West/Highway 413


We received this email:

“Good afternoon,

As you may be aware, in 2007, the Ministry of Transportation began the Greater Toronto Area West Corridor Environmental Assessment (GTA West EA) to identify and address transportation needs in this area, with a focus on developing transportation projects.

In December 2015, the Minister of Transportation suspended the GTA West EA, and the ministry committed to a review of the project with the assistance of an advisory panel.

On February 9, 2018, after reviewing the advice of the panel, the Minister of Transportation announced that the province will not proceed with an environmental assessment for a proposed highway in the GTA West corridor. The news release of the announcement can be found at: https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2018/02/ontario-not-moving-forward-with-highway-for-gta-west-corridor.html.

However, the Ministry of Transportation and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), initiated a joint study to identify a smaller corridor that will be protected for future infrastructure needs, such as utilities, transit or other transportation options. The goal of the study is to ensure that lands are protected so that infrastructure required to support future growth and development in the region can be accommodated without more significant impacts to the environment and the Greenbelt.

The study area for the new joint study is approximately one-third of the size of the area covered by the focused analysis area from GTA West EA, and will be protected as the study moves forward over the next 9-12 months.  Information on the new study, including a map of the study area can be found at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/publications/gta-west-report/north-west-gta-corridor.shtml. This study is not conducted as an environmental assessment, and any infrastructure development in the area would require the completion of an applicable environmental assessment.

For more information on the Northwest GTA Corridor Identification Study, please contact the study team by email at NorthwestGTA.corridor@ontario.ca, or by phone at 1-877-663-7167.

Sincerely,

Michael M. Casey
Manager, Provincial Planning Office
Ministry of Transportation
(416) 585-7255″

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Survey Says…


Have you seen these commute visualizations created by Anthony Smith?

Fight Gridlock is happy to see this graph, and we commend Anthony for his amazing efforts to help the public interpret data in meaningful and interesting ways.

This was a wonderful reminder of information that was presented during the HMLRT discussions in 2015:

“Over 65 per cent of all trips were taken within the Region and consists mostly of trips within Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon. It shows that improvements towards intra-regional transit and local short-distance active transportation trips could have a more significant impact on overall transportation.”

Source: Peel Long Range Transportation Plan, Update 2012

Based on the 2016 Census, the percentage of Brampton residents working in Peel has increased slightly to almost 67%. In terms of regional transit connections to neighbouring municipalities and how they compare to Brampton council’s “top 3 priorities” from 2013 — Queen St. service to Vaughan, GO train service to Toronto, and LRT into Mississauga — actual commute patterns of Brampton residents might be indicating that these priorities are worth revisiting.

  • Travel to Mississauga: 28.9%
  • Travel to Toronto: 19.9%
  • Travel to Vaughan: 6.0%

Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-400-X2016325.

As always, we appreciate data (and maps!), and will continue to advocate for factual, evidence-based decision making from our elected representatives.

New 410 Highway Lanes Opened


 

Ontario has opened two new lanes on Highway 410, from Highway 401 to Queen Street in Brampton, to improve traffic flow and get commuters moving.

Kevin Montgomery, founder of Fight Gridlock in Brampton, an advocacy group that promotes increased transit and cycling options for Brampton residents, believes that “induced demand” will quickly fill up the extra lanes.

Source: New 410 Highway Lanes Opened – Stand UP for Brampton

Letter to the Metrolinx Board with Transit Projects for Brampton #brampoli


Please see here for a PDF for a copy of our latest correspondence to the Metrolinx Board for their September 2017 meeting. Please note that copies of all letters/emails sent to the Metrolinx Board are added to the official minutes of the Board meeting and acknowledged by the Chair before the meeting starts.

Our September 2017 letter covered the following topics that were mentioned in the Board report:

  1. Metrolinx 2017-18 Business Plan: Kitchener Corridor Expansion and Freight Bypass;
  2. Capital Projects Group Quarterly Report;
  3. Off-Peak GO Train Service;
  4. The Next Regional Transportation Plan (RTP): Draft Plan for Public Consultation; and
  5. Hurontario LRT (HuLRT)

Our letter for the June 2017 meeting is here. Topics included:

  1. Brampton-Halton Freight Rail Bypass (BHFRB) for the CN Rail Halton Subdivision;
  2. Hydrogen;
  3. Off-Peak GO Train Service;
  4. Bramalea GO Station Revitalization;
  5. Naming of the Hurontario LRT (HuLRT) LRVs;
  6. High-Speed Rail (HSR); and
  7. Thank you

Our letter for the June 2016 meeting is here.

  1. Expanded GO Train Service for the Kitchener Corridor

A key note of the is letter is that it was jointly signed by a number of organizations in Brampton and along the Kitchener Corridor.

Waterloo Region LRT Open House


There is an public Open House for the Waterloo Region ION LRT (#wrLRT) on Saturday April 8th. It’ll be a great chance to see what LRT looks like in an Ontario context. The first of fourteen Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) will be on display. Exciting. We’ll be there! 

(Photo credit: @Canardiain)

Story here:

http://therecord.com/news-story/7180123-tour-first-ion-train-at-open-house-on-april-8