main point of Councillor Marvin Caplan's argument seems to be that
Hamilton needs more serviced industrial land next to highways in
order to increase its base for industrial tax assessment and to
create jobs. His argument is flawed for a couple of reasons.
Hamilton has created industrial assessment bases along the Queen
Elizabeth Way, Highway 403 and the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway.
Yet it still finds itself in a serious budget crunch. Why would
an additional road solve the problem? It hasn't in the past. So,
let's try to think differently in the future.
he refers to "serviced" industrial land. The mid-peninsula highway
would likely run several kilometres south of Hamilton's airport.
Imagine the cost to the city to provide roads, water, sewers, police
and fire coverage, and all of the other services required to make
the area attractive and viable for industry.
there is much speculation that the mid-pen will be a toll road.
This would act as a strong deterrent to industry. What firm would
want its suppliers and employees to have to pay a toll to get to
the front door? What industry would want the toll meter ticking
as soon as every shipment left the back door?
big picture is that the mid-pen is not the answer for either Hamilton's
local concerns or Niagara's desire for a trade corridor. Tolls would
keep trucks from using the mid-pen as they have discouraged trucks
from using Highway 407. If the trucking industry avoids using toll
roads, any benefits the mid-pen might have had for Hamilton or the
province will fail to materialize. And this will be a shame, given
the $1.5 billion cost of the road and the environmental harm it
Susan McMaster, Hamilton.