- Jun 25, 2020
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- Caledon East
I blame that fact we have become to relient on our road network for cars and busses due to the removal of most railway corridors.This is the highway/roadway thread, so I get it.
But at the same time, it irritates me to see these projects treated as if there aren't better uses of the money that would achieve better outcomes for people and the environment alike.
The 401 widening vs GO Kitchener and GO Milton upgrades to 2way, all-day, 30M or better service..........
The 410 widening vs Hurontario LRT to DT Brampton, the Queen Street BRT in Brampton and more Zum infrastructure and service......
It just feels to me as though its all discussed in a vacuum as if there's unlimited money to do everything, all at once, which there clearly is not....
And as if the new/expanded highway infra doesn't undermine future transit.
I don't want to engage in a endless battle on such things; nor am I narrowly commenting on any one project in isolation, in terms of merit.
Its the cumulative impact of not seeing things as a whole system; with a finite set of resources, and prioritizing accordingly.
Edit to Add:
Before some ask the invariable 'what would make me happy?'............a straight answer:
1) I want every potential transit and road project on the table at the same time and objectively prioritized for its positive/negative outcome for people and the environment.
2) Insofar as we accept highways are a less than idea solution, I'd like to see every major highway project paired with at least one public transit investment of equal or greater value.
And I agree with your two points about investing in example a massive multi-million dollar road widening, that also paid with a transit infrastructure project of same or higher value.
That's my take on it.