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Roads: GTA West Corridor—Highway 413—Guelph to 400

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Indeed. Look forward to some evidence to back up those claims.
2013 research by the Conference Board of Canada found that drivers in the GTA paid 146% of the cost of public road use.
Maybe you have something more recent?

Link please
 

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Indeed. Look forward to some evidence to back up those claims.
2013 research by the Conference Board of Canada found that drivers in the GTA paid 146% of the cost of public road use.
Maybe you have something more recent?

So I went searching for the report; I haven't found the original yet; but I have found quotes from it; and it says something completely different than what you said.

Overall, the study finds that Ontario drivers pay approximately $7.7 billion in revenue, whereas the Province and municipalities collectively spend $10-13 billion on roads. In other words, the study concludes that drivers pay between 59 percent and 77 percent of the total cost of the roads they use.


I have confirmed that the original report is archived and no longer on the public website.

The Raise the Hammer piece linked above also notes that the report contained suspect methodology that assumed GTA drivers never used highways outside the GTA; that collisions have zero cost to taxpayers (ahem, healthcare, emergency response); and that otherwise omitted additional externalities.

Not to mention the glaring conflict of interest ............


"The authors thank Teresa Di Felice and Christine Allum of the Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario (CAASCO) for initiating and defining the research and research questions."

".......The Conference Board also acknowledges the CAASCO for financially supporting this research"
 
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I think building of this highway needs to be complimented finishing the missing link and opening the Toronto North Station and running trains from milton to Markham.

Otherwise building a highway will only increase traffic.

If they have an alternative, then traffic will move freely.
 

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Then what do you think they should do?
There should be a moratorium on building SFH or low-density residential on the southern border of Caldeon.

The region needs to prioritize intensifying housing along corridors that actually have transit and existing infrastructure. For example, large chunks of Brampton do not allow multi-unit housing - even if it’s close to transit lines. How is this good use of the land we have?
 

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I’ll also point out that the way we (as in the GTHA) build to support population is absolutely bizarre.

We’re supposed to set aside enough land to support population targets, and in large, instead of trying to intensify usage of what we have - we simply build out. From a purely economic perspective, that’s nuts: we can’t amortize the cost of an asset over more people, and we don’t actually gain the benefits of a large population (density matters as much as size). Also, this form of building spreads people out even more, increasing commute times, requiring more roads, single-occupant cars and making the development of efficient transit incredibly hard.
 

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Catastrophically bad deal. A $3.1B lease that was recently valued at $30B, just 20 years later.

Meh. I think the 407 tolls are fantastic. Amazing how the private sector actually manages to accurately value an expressway. 407ETR sets tolls that discourages heavy vehicles (which would disproportionately damage their roadbed). And sets tolls at a level that consistently ensures free flowing traffic, which goes up with each passing year, because of increasing demand. Any truly honest pricing system would price the 401, DVP, etc similarly.

If they tolled the 401, where will all the trucks go? Onto city streets creating noise at night and creating more traffic? Meanwhile all the sales goods increase in price as it takes longer to deliver things.

The trucks aren't the problem and fulfill a vital economic function. It's the single and double occupancy cars that are the problem. Leave the trucks. Toll the cars.

407 could potentially be convinced to lower tolls without inducement. Tolling other parallel highways should increase utilization of the 407 by lowering the price differential.

Why would the 407 do that? They set tolls based on demand for their Highway and their targeted traffic flow. If the 401 charges displace traffic to the 407, demand for their freeway goes up. Not down.
 

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I need a 'free way' to drive to places like Kingston and Ottawa from London. If the 401 was tolled how am I supposed to do this?

1) The term "freeway" has nothing to do with being toll free. A blurb from Wikipedia on the term should help clarify:

The word freeway was first used in February 1930 by Edward M. Bassett. Bassett argued that roads should be classified into three basic types: highways, parkways, and freeways. In Bassett's zoning and property law-based system, abutting property owners have the rights of light, air and access to highways, but not parkways and freeways; the latter two are distinguished in that the purpose of a parkway is recreation, while the purpose of a freeway is movement. Thus, as originally conceived, a freeway is simply a strip of public land devoted to movement to which abutting property owners do not have rights of light, air or access.

2) There is no specific right or entitlement to toll free auto mobility across the province, any more than you are entitled to toll free rail or air travel across the province.

3) Road space is a finite resource with growing demand for it, owing to population growth and sprawl induced demand. There's only one effective way to price it. With tolls. You're free to take HWY 7 if you want to save the $10 on your drive from Orrawa to London.

If the 401 is tolled, remove the tolls on the 407.

Why and how?

The 407 is privately owned. Their tolls have nothing to do with the 401.
 

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If there's no toll-free to get through or around Greater Toronto, the provincial economy may suffer. People making these trips may use city streets, adding to congestion and costing the economy, or not take the trip at all and thus costing the economy.

Regarding new development, highways do not matter much these days. I can tell you London is sprawling out and we have no highways. It's going to happen with or without highways so long as the land use policies enable it. As growth continues without adequate transportation infrastructure to support it, the existing roads are overcapacity and a lack of foresight prevents them from being expanded or new roads built. Things have gotten so bad in London that anyone who lives in the north end wanting to access the 401 to get to Toronto will now go through back roads and access the 401 via Highway 8 in Kitchener (at least this is what happened pre-Covid). Quiet country roads are now turning into thoroughfares.

Back on the topic of this thread, right now there is political will to build the GTA West AKA 413. Even the Libs understood it's usefulness so this isn't just a PC project. The only difference is that the Libs didn't think it was needed for a while so they cancelled the study for the time being.

This highway isn't needed tomorrow, but the land should be reserved at minimum. Best to plan now if it's needed eventually.
 

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Things have gotten so bad in London that anyone who lives in the north end wanting to access the 401 to get to Toronto will now go through back roads and access the 401 via Highway 8 in Kitchener (at least this is what happened pre-Covid).

Good. There is a cost to poor land-use, and leaders who encourage that - and citizens who buy into it - should be made aware of it. What’s being suggested is:

1. Not change land-use policies
2. Subsidize bad choices in (1) by building highways

That’s a bad call. What’s worse is that we’re doing little to nothing to fix (1), so whatever solution we build (aka. Hwy 413 in this case) is guaranteed to be inadequate. So, stop the treadmill. Stop subsidizing bad planning and bad policy.
 

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If there's no toll-free to get through or around Greater Toronto, the provincial economy may suffer. People making these trips may use city streets, adding to congestion and costing the economy, or not take the trip at all and thus costing the economy.

Regarding new development, highways do not matter much these days. I can tell you London is sprawling out and we have no highways. It's going to happen with or without highways so long as the land use policies enable it. As growth continues without adequate transportation infrastructure to support it, the existing roads are overcapacity and a lack of foresight prevents them from being expanded or new roads built. Things have gotten so bad in London that anyone who lives in the north end wanting to access the 401 to get to Toronto will now go through back roads and access the 401 via Highway 8 in Kitchener (at least this is what happened pre-Covid). Quiet country roads are now turning into thoroughfares.

Back on the topic of this thread, right now there is political will to build the GTA West AKA 413. Even the Libs understood it's usefulness so this isn't just a PC project. The only difference is that the Libs didn't think it was needed for a while so they cancelled the study for the time being.

This highway isn't needed tomorrow, but the land should be reserved at minimum. Best to plan now if it's needed eventually.

Forgive me; but you're making points you've already made; which multiple posters have pointed out simply aren't true; and/or you have no evidence in support of them.

There is simply no evidence that not building a highway will lead to any of the negatives you've suggested (traffic on local roads or some level of economic injury).

London's problem is a failure to impose proper built-form, community design and density; as well as build proper public transit.

It would certainly also benefit from improvements to intercity passenger rail service, which is a matter for both the Federal and Provincial governments.

That said, the latter is of little relevance to to what's being built at the edges of London's existing developed area.

Building or widening another highway will not improve matters in London or anywhere else.
 
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So I went searching for the report; I haven't found the original yet; but I have found quotes from it; and it says something completely different than what you said. (no surprise)

You mean quotes like these?

But according to the study, car drivers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area paid more than their fair share, at about 146 per cent of the cost of public road use. The study said the difference was “due to greater traffic density and higher fuel consumption” in the city compared to rural areas, which raised the amount of revenues collected per kilometre of road.


And those in the Toronto-Hamilton area are paying about $1 billion more in fees and taxes than the annual cost of construction, maintenance and policing.
 

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You mean quotes like these?






Which I already addressed by pointing out the flawed assumptions used to arrive at those calculations.

Those flaws include which roads are charged back to whom; and also include the failure to properly account for the full cost of constructing, maintaining and operating said roads; before we even get to the issue of externalized costs.
 

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Which I already addressed by pointing out the flawed assumptions used to arrive at those calculations.

Those flaws include which roads are charged back to whom; and also include the failure to properly account for the full cost of constructing, maintaining and operating said roads; before we even get to the issue of externalized costs.

Again, do you have any research to refute them other than your expert opinion?
 

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Again, do you have any research to refute them other than your expert opinion?

You know what externalized costs are; and you know they were excluded from the report in question.

You know what roads were not included in the costing associated with the GTA, as this was discussed in the link I previously posted.

I'm not sure what else you would like.
 

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