Province re-evaluating proposed highway (The Post, July 4).
your story appeared at first to many of us to reflect good news
about the ongoing mid-peninsula highway controversy, a close look
at the statements issued by the MTO and the transportation minister
unfortunately shows that not much has changed.
core issue is still that of "need". You quote Councillor Taylor
as stating that the MTO still needs to go back and re-examine the
need for the highway. Many of us agree.
stating that further consultation will occur at this stage, the
minister basically assumes that "need" has been established and
it's time to look at environmental impacts.
MTO's own documents reveal that the need for a new highway corridor
has never been established -- let's slow down for two minutes and
look back at their Needs Assessment, Demand Forecast document from
document shows clearly that the option of improving the existing
QEW would be cheaper, would move vehicles at higher average speeds
and would provide greater traffic congestion relief than would route
option C (options F and G also fail to provide the congestion relief
and average system speeds that the improved QEW would).
the 11 options then on the table, route C through Burlington ranked
10th at improving traffic congestion and 11th at improving vehicle
G along Hwy. 403 ranked 11th for traffic relief and 10th at improving
vehicle system speed. Route F to Hwy. 401 ranked 5th at congestion
relief and 7th at improving vehicle speed.
improved QEW ranked 2nd at traffic congestion relief and 4th for
improved vehicle system speed. (All references are taken from the
MPTC Needs Assessment, demand forecast, Appendix K, starting pg.
262, July, 2002.)
the QEW would also save about $500 million in construction and expropriation
costs, savings that could be used for transit and rail improvements,
which would protect air quality. Improving the QEW would avoid imposing
another toll road on taxpayers.
the QEW would greatly reduce damage to the Niagara Escarpment.
take a clear and unbiased look at the real need for this new highway.
Let's look at the issue from the point of view of all citizens,
and not just special interest lobby groups or land speculators.
we want to once again leap into a huge expensive project without
Eckersley, Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment (COPE)