This thread is for the discussion of the 400-Series Highways (including the QEW), municipal expressways, and other freeways for the GTA and southern Ontario. Current map of all Ontario/municipal highways/freeways/expressways: Proposed new routes and extensions: What do you think about the limited access highway system in the GTA and in Southern Ontario? Do you think some routes should be expanded or extended? Do you support the construction of new routes to help support Ontario's growing economy and population? Personally I agree that some routes should be expanded. -The 400 should eventually get built to Sudbury. -The 401 needs a new route to a new crossing in Windsor, an extended collector/express system in Mississauga, and a joining collector/express system between the 427 and 409 in Toronto. HOV lanes along the entire route in the Greater Golden Horseshoe is a priority as well. -The 403 should be extended from the 401 to the 402 north of London. Traffic on the 401 between the 402 and 403 is heavy and a new route should be considered. -The 404 should be extended to just south of Lake Simcoe. -As volumes increase, the 406 needs to be consistently upgraded into a full freeway -The 407's extension is debatable. As long as the 407's new section is tolled by the province, I think an extension to the 115 is ok. I think those two new north/south connections to the 401 aren't really needed. Maybe one, but two??? -The 408 (probably the name for the Mid-Peninsula Highway) is also debatable. Again, if it is a toll route and tolled by the province at least part of its construction is warranted. I don't think that loop around Hamilton is needed, just start it from the 403/407/QEW junction in Burlington. -The 410's current extension to Highway 10 is fine. I don't see the point extending it any further at this time. -The 417 should continuously be replacing Highway 17 as traffic volumes increase. Completing this route from Manitoba to Quebec in the long term will help boost Northern Ontario's economy. -The 420 should be extended only if the 408 (Mid-Peninsula Highway) is built to connect it to the Niagara Region. -The 427 should be extended when traffic volumes warrant it. HOV lanes should be built on this route in the GTA. -The QEW should get some HOV lanes along its entire length, especially from Hamilton to the Niagara Region. For the other proposed expressways, I don't support them all. -The ones in Windsor are needed to help connect to new boarder crossings. -The ones around London are definitely needed. London is the largest city in North America not to have a freeway serving local traffic, and these routes will at least help to partially serve local traffic. -K/W's routes are also in high need. This CMA's population is exploding due to its proximity to the GTA and new routes are needed to support this population boom. (Of course, more rail transit is the optimal solution here) -Hamilton doesn't need any more highways (except if the Mid-Peninsula Highway is built). -Toronto doesn't need any more highways. However, improvements to the DVP should be made such as adding HOV lanes. The Gardiner expressway should be buried like Interstate 93 in Boston and have some HOV lanes added. Allen Road should be covered as it is a sunken highway to reduce noise. -Barrie needs capacity upgrades to its current highways, not new highways. -A loop around Ottawa won't be needed if capacity upgrades are made on the 417 and 416. Most of the other routes aren't really needed. We live in the 21st century, and the emphasis should now be on transit on a local and regional level. Introducing light rail transit in major cities (such as Kitchener and London) and expanding rapid transit programs in the GTA is a must to support an exploding population and overcrowded highways and transit systems. A high-speed rail line between Windsor and Quebec City should start construction as soon as possible to help reduce traffic volumes on the intercity highways. Decaying freight rail infrastructure should be revived and expanded to reduce the amount of truck traffic on our highways. Gas won't be cheap forever, so we need to plan smart, green networks for the future.