The Province of Ontario has launched this project as part of overall effort to address transportation issues for the defined growth centres in central and southern Ontario. The solutions identified includes more highways and possibly a rail corridor. Choices could also have an impact on the 427.
NOTICE OF MEETING
PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
A meeting of the Regional Planning and Economic Development Committee will be held on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010, in Committee Room “A”, York Region Administrative Centre,
17250 Yonge Street, in the Town of Newmarket, at 1:00 p.m.
Greater Toronto West Corridor Planning and Environmental Assessment Study,
Public Information Session #4–Tuesday, June 15, 2010 4:00-8:00 PM
Le Jardin Special Events Centre, the Venetian Room
8440 Highway 27, Woodbridge, ON
It is valuable for citizens to attend this session for several reasons. I) To get a personal understanding of this transportation initiative. 2) To express our preference for increasing use of rail and providing more public transportation options (as opposed to building more highways). 3) To express the need to protect the Oak Ridges Moraine.
1. GTA West Corridor Environmental Assessment Update
(Presentation by Jin Wang, Project Coordinator, Ministry of Transportation, Ontario and Neil Ahmed, Consultant Project Manager, McCormick, Rankin Corporation)
REPORT SUBMITTED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AND COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
4. Mid-York East-West Transportation Corridor Study
May 25, 2010, recommending that:
1. Staff be authorized to proceed with a feasibility and preliminary engineering study to investigate Highway 400 interchange alternatives and associated east-west road improvements in the corridor north of Teston Road and south of Highway 9.
2. Following completion of the feasibility and preliminary engineering study, staff report back on the results of the study and a strategy for moving forward with an EA for the mid-York east-west transportation corridor improvements.
3. A copy of this report be forwarded by the Regional Clerk to the Ministry of Transportation and to the Clerks at the Township of King, City of Vaughan and Towns of Richmond Hill, Aurora and Newmarket.
Below are extracts from the Mid York East-West corridor.
- 2031 “Base Case” scenario addressed much of the travel demand but
- capacity issues and congestion on King Road would remain
- The “Base Case” scenario assumes all road network improvements recommended in the
- TMP are in place to assess if these improvements address the 2031 forecast travel
- demand. The improvements are shown in Attachment 2 and include the following:
- • New 4 lane road link in the Teston Road corridor from Keele St to Dufferin St.
- • Widen King-Vaughan Line (add 2 lanes) plus Highway 400 interchange.
- • Widen King Rd west of Highway 400 to 4 lanes.
- • New GTA West Freeway from Highway 400 to the west.
- • Highway 427 extended to the GTA West Freeway
- • Widen Highway 400 from 3 to 4 lanes
- • Widen Weston Rd, Jane St, Keele St, Dufferin St and Highway 27 (add 2 lanes)
- The TMP improvements included in the “Base Case” capacity analysis represent a total
- of 6 additional lanes of east-west capacity (both directions) at the screenline level west of
- Dufferin Street between Teston Road and Highway 9 (includes a new 4 lane road link in
- the Teston Road corridor from Keele St to Dufferin St. and a 2-lane widening of the
- King-Vaughan Line with an interchange to Highway 400).
- The analysis of this scenario highlighted the benefits of the road improvements
- recommended in the TMP. Even with the TMP improvements, there will still be capacity
- deficiencies remaining in the network and King Road will continue to be heavily relied
- upon for travel in the east-west direction and for access to Highway 400. The analysis
- results confirmed the need for additional improvements which were assessed in the “Base
- Case Plus” scenario.
- 2031 “Base Case Plus” scenario focused on lack of alternative continuous
- east-west arterial roads with access to Highway 400
- The third scenario (“Base Case Plus”) includes additional road improvements to address
- the key transportation issues in the study area; that being the lack of alternative
- continuous east-west roads in the central part of the Region with access to Highway 400.
- The “Base Case Plus” scenario assessed the effects of a new interchange with Highway
- 400 including a continuous east-west arterial road corridor north of King Road and south
- of the Lloydtown-Aurora Road. With the additional improvements in the east-west road
- network and the additional access to Highway 400, the 2031 forecast travel demand will
- be addressed and the forecast traffic on King Road will be reduced.
To learn more visit www.gta-west.com