are writing in support of an alternative to the proposed mid-peninsula
highway -- namely rail transit.
$1.2 billion highway is planned to connect Fort Erie and Burlington.
In its wake, hundreds of acres of forest, agricultural land, and wetlands
will be destroyed. Guaranteed to follow are subdivisions, strip malls,
and big-box retail stores.
highway will also boost the traffic death toll and be yet another source
of pollution. This is the antithesis of the "smart growth"
plan currently touted by the Ontario government.
current highway system is a frustrating, gridlocked, fiscal disaster
and the agent of urban sprawl and congestion. It must be scaled back,
Ontario, particularly the Niagara peninsula, is one of the most densely
populated parts of Canada, and ideally suited to a comprehensive public
transit system, including a passenger rail line.
we insist that the Ontario government explore a full range of options,
such as abandoning the highway plan in favour of a rail corridor. Citizens
must urge Queen's Park to advance plans for expanded public transit
in the Niagara peninsula.
Smith Lea, Ben Smith Lea,