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.


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


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)

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Next GO Transit Regional Express Rail and Electrification Meeting

The next GO Transit Regional Express Rail and electrification meeting will take place in Brampton on November 14.

Monday, November 14, 2016
Bramalea Secondary School
510 Balmoral Dr.
Brampton, ON L6T 1W4

Meeting time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. / Presentation: 7:00 p.m.

Official Notice: http://bit.ly/GORERNovemberNotice

Please see here to view the presentation from the spring 2016 public meeting: http://bit.ly/GORERSpring16




Last week, Iattended my first council meeting in my hometown. It was…eventful to say the least.The meeting was long and grueling as it carried on pastits original end time of 11:55pm. Rightly so as our council was voting on a historic decision to accept a provincially-proposed LRT project through the city’s downtown core.Long story short, council voted against extending it to the downtown core– despite the overwhelming amount of delegations in support. From youth. From various occupational boards in and out of the city. From unions and local businesses. Heck, even a global brandwith an office located in the city was in support.

But our council struck it down. Our council, which fails to accurately represent the socioeconomic and demographic realities of the city, thought it would be in the city’s best interest to turn away this once-in-a-lifetime deal.And this frustrates me.

This is not the first instance that…

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