Bill Willson, My View 01/22/03 - Burlington Post
is watching with interest as the public consultation process continues
over the Mid-Peninsula Transportation Corridor (MPTC).
Chamber of Commerce has established a separate sub-committee to monitor
and evaluate the process and to participate on the city's mid-peninsula
transportation stakeholders advisory group.
while ago, our mayor wrote an article summarizing the city's concerns
about the proposed transportation corridor and in particular about the
MTO's original proposal for the highway to pass through Burlington and
connect with Hwy. 407.
with his view that there is a need for a comprehensive transportation
strategy that includes transit in the area. We are waiting to see a
comprehensive needs assessment that will support the solution that the
MTO is proposing.
business perspective, the efficient movement of people and goods is
crucial to the success of our economy. In fact, one of our members is
a large manufacturer who told us they have an average of eight tractor
trailers per day bringing in supplies and shipping finished products
to customers. The manufacturer said that time is money to them so anything
that will reduce the time it takes for these trucks to reach their destinations
will help them. The highway congestion in southern Ontario is affecting
business and future growth of our economy. It is in everyone's interest
that the highway congestion issue is dealt with in a timely and effective
sub-committee recently sent a preliminary fax survey to its members
on this topic. The results of this survey indicated that most of the
businesses in Burlington believed that a new transportation corridor
is currently needed in southern Ontario and that it would benefit them.
Most felt that the new highway would benefit Burlington businesses.
if the road should be a private toll road like Hwy. 407, the majority
of respondents indicated that they would prefer a public corridor like
this highway, the federal and provincial governments should consider
dedicating at least a portion of the fuel tax they now collect to maintain
and expand Canada's multi-modal transportation network. This revenue
is now put into the government's general revenue accounts.
were to happen, then the MPTC would not have to be a toll road. By making
it a free public highway, business and the general public would maximize
its use and further alleviate the congestion crisis.
local chamber's point of view, we will continue to monitor progress
of the MPTC terms of reference and environmental assessment.
consult with our colleagues in the neighbouring Chambers of Commerce.
also place this issue on the agenda of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
within the context of Smart Growth, which embraces transportation solutions
as a priority.
we will continue to consult with our members on this important topic.
is president of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.