The Greater Golden Horseshoe is one of the fastest-growing regions in North America. It is expected to attract 1 million new people every five years, reaching nearly 15 million by 2051. That’s a population increase of more than 50 per cent compared to today. And as the region continues to be Canada’s economic engine, the number of trucks on the road is expected to double by 2051.
Congestion already costs the Greater Toronto Area $11 billion per year in lost productivity, adds to the costs of goods and creates carbon emissions. Ontario needs new infrastructure to help move people and goods or the region will quickly become overwhelmed.
A new 400-series highway and transitway would significantly reduce travel times for drivers in York, Peel and Halton Regions. Projections show that by 2031, more than 300,000 trips would be taken on the highway every day. And someone travelling the full length of the route would save 30 minutes compared to the time it would take via Highways 401 and 400.
The adjacent transitway would make public transit a realistic and appealing option in many communities that are currently underserved. Combined with Ontario’s other transit investments like the subway expansion plan, GO expansion and the Hurontario LRT, it will give thousands of people the option to leave their cars at home.