to The Editor, The Flamborough Review
Competing visions for future of transportation in the Golden Horseshoe
a participant in the Ministry of Transportation's Hamilton workshop,
I commend you on providing a good overview of the day. I would like
to add a few points which became apparent during the workshops and
heighten the impression of a biased approach to this project by
Niagara Region was invited to attend all three workshops providing
a pro-voice to the highway. Halton and Burlington representatives
were only invited to participate in ONE workshop each.
the Burlington workshop, the MTO admitted that the Needs Assessment
was only now being updated to include the needs of the Burlington
and Hamilton regions. This leads one to question what our citizens
were being asked to comment on in the previously held Public Information
Centres this past summer and fall.
MTO's response to all the public input received to date - which
clearly stated transit alternatives (i.e. rail) should be explored
first - has resulted in the MTO simply adding more possible roadway
routes. They did state at the Hamilton workshop that studies are
COMMENCING on the other modes of transportation only now. However,
they are moving forward with the road before these studies, which
could point to a more agreeable resolution, have been completed.
The intent to construct a toll road is clear - the reasoning is
leads to Debbie Zimmerman's (Niagara Regional Chair) comment that
we are discussing a "transportation corridor." Had she
been present for the entire workshop, she would have know that the
MTO had stated up front that we were only talking about the road
that day. My comments above regarding the study of other transportation
options clearly indicate what this corridor is intended for.
anyone out there blindly trusts that our government and the MTO
have done the appropriate research prior to recommending a new highway
- you've misplaced your trust. You may want to find out for yourself
by attending the next PIC meeting in Rockton on November 26th -
Rockton Fair Grounds. This road will not solve our transportation
problems and Hydro prices did go up.
McMaster - COPE Steering committee