Comment 89336

By Sigma Cub (anonymous) | Posted June 05, 2013 at 23:00:21

Until we pimp the hell out of the Lakeshore line, Hamilton-Toronto transit commutes will rarely drop below 60 minutes. Hopefully Facetime holds those marriages together.

Aside from anything else, the very fact that people are willing to invest that much of their time going so far from home puts the lie to the talk of balanced, diversified live-work communities.

The Big Move is expansive enough to contain both highway-friendly and transit-friendly measures. For example:

"Improvements to the transportation system in the first 15 years of the plan are not limited to transit. Hundreds of lane-kilometres will be added to the region’s expressway network with the completion of the Highway 407 East extension to Highway 35/115 and the extensions of Highways 404, 427 and 410, as identified in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Improvements to existing 400 series highways are also part of the RTP. For example, they include widening Highway 401 from Highway 410 to Hurontario Street, including HOV lanes, and new HOV lanes on Highway 400 between Major Mackenzie Drive and King Road, on Highway 427 from Highway 409 to Highway 407, and on the QEW between Trafalgar Road and Guelph Line.

Carpool lots will be added to the highway network to encourage carpooling and to support interregional bus services and HOV lanes.

In addition, arterial road widenings and extensions will be added to the road system, in accordance with the 10-year municipal road programs and longer range road network expansion plans in the Transportation Master Plans of the Cities of Toronto and Hamilton and the regional municipalities of Halton, Peel, York and Durham."

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