Ontario to Review GTA West Corridor Project

Dec 16, 2015

Guess what?

Today the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, under Minister Steven Del Duca, announced it has:

“… suspended its work on the environmental assessment of the Greater Toronto Area West Highway Corridor (GTA West). The project will be reviewed and an update will be provided in spring 2016.”

This is certainly great news. Not a “done deal” to cancel this project (for all the right reasons if you’ve read our previous position post on this topic (and don’t forget this article).  But nevertheless a big sign in the right direction that more highways crossing valuable Greenbelt lands that encourage sprawl aren’t in the long term interests of Ontarians.

Why has the MOT taken this apparent surprising step? 

It didn’t say in its rather brief MOT information release on GTA West Suspension.  Do have a read.

A quote from Minister Del Duca might show some signs, which considering the recently concluded Paris Summit, and perhaps last weeks’ release of the Crombie Commission recommendations on the Environmental Plan Reviews, make some obvious sense.

Steven Del Duca“Having the right transportation network in place that builds on our climate change commitments, our ability to embrace new and emerging technologies and the sharing economy, will help us plan for a flexible transportation system that adapts to our quickly changing landscape and positions our province for success for generations to come.”

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

Key words of note:

“climate change commitments”

“embrace new and emerging technologies”

“sharing economy”

“flexible”

“adapts”

Is it possible that the Ministry has finally come around to our way of thinking?  An epiphany of sorts considering late events?

We hope so.

Stay tuned … we’ll update you after the dust settles on this very positive decision.