Originally Posted by Doady
I'm going to tell you the same thing that I told the Hamilton forumers who complain about lack of funding: only cities that actually have transit projects will get funding for transit projects. The Federal government can't give Durham to implement a BRT or LRT plans when no such plans exist.
$5 million for a rapid transit study not bad considering others cities fund similar studies entirely on its own.
Plans do exist. The regions transit systems were just amalgamated a couple of years ago into "Durham Transit". Studies were completed and paid for by the region. In February they applied for $150 million under some federal/provincial infrustructure funding program. Instead were given $5 million to do another study and the region is expected to kick in another $2.5 million for it.
Not sure what those transit plans are and they likely do need more work before any major funding but there has been a need for decades now for the widening of the 401 through at least Oshawa. Instead they announce they are going to build a 6 lane highway from Newmarket to Lake Simcoe.
How can they honestly say that is going to help congestion in the GTA?
Widening it through Oshawa would be costly but from Ajax to Whitby its wide open both sides and straight and flat. It is only a fraction the length of the useless 404 expansion announced and only has 1 overpass and 1 creek to deal with.
This alone would be a large benefit to hundreds of thousands of people everyday. Who benefits with a 6 lane highway from Newmarket to Lake Simcoe? A few developers? This is our money being stolen.
That subway announcement is just as obscene.