It's not insane until one looks at the topography and protected wetlands it's cutting through.that one isn't as insane as it generally aligns with the GTA west corridor that was initially studied a decade ago, but generally probably still not really necessary..
Ok, how about a possible westward section? This could hook up to the Highway 7 freeway (whenever it is built) in Guelph.
Something like this?
Again, good for redundancy and will help relieve some congestion on the 401 between K-W and Mississauga.
The N/S section of the 407 could be renumbered something else.
That would also create a mess of flyovers at the 401/407/413 interchange. Lots-a-spaghetti.
-If the 413 is built, it could connect to it somewhere further north too, using the 413 for a small stretch between the two sections
I know this thread is for 407E, but if this was built we could call it 407W
Luckily we are investing quite a bit in rail! The province is spending hundreds of millions to bring better GO service to Kitchener and Guelph. Same with towards Bowmanville in the east.Kinda seems like we should be investing in rail. Connect Milton to Cambridge. Upgrade the Kitchener Line.
Dumping more cars at the 401/407 interchange won't help anything.
So think we'll finish it one day? If the 407E was extended further- back to the 401, that would give you a more direct connection, and relieve some congestion on the 401 section it bypasses.
Always good to have some redundancy in the network, even if it is tolled.
Intercity rail improvements (high speed or otherwise) should take priority over either one of these ideas. But if more highway capacity is needed going east we'd be better off building it on the Highway 7 corridor than further expanding the 401. Much of the traffic on the 401 is going towards Ottawa - almost half the traffic exits at the 416. And the Highway 7 corridor is a lot more direct. It could take a lot of traffic off the 401 and provide much needed redundancy to the highway system.There is absolutely no need for that. The 401 has a lot of space to be widened in that stretch. That area needs highway upgrades, not new corridors. Extending the 6-laning of the 401 to Kingston would cost a fraction of some 407 extension and would deliver far larger benefits.
If there is a 5 km of non-tolled portion and 95 km of tolled portion in a 100 km highway, then people will remember it as a toll road. The examples in other parts of the world you have in mind must have some decent non-tolled portion.To say one cant have a non toll 407 because people are used to it is ridiculous. Everywhere in the world, there are highways that have toll sections, and places that don't.