In 2018, the new Ontario government announced it was reviving the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the GTA West (Highway 413) corridor, proposed to run north of Highway 407 from Vaughan to Milton. The EA had been stopped by the Liberal Government based on recommendations from an advisory panel in 2017. Transport Action Ontario participated in the previous EA, emphasizing that existing infrastructure (rail, provincial highways, regional roads) should be expanded to full capacity first.
The 2017 advisory panel report has now been removed from the MTO website, but remains available through the Internet Archive:
The report was extremely thoughtful and comprehensive. It concluded:
Despite this recommendation, the previous EA has been revived “as is” and is proceeding with detailed route evaluation. Public information sessions were held in October. There is mixed public reaction to the project, with concerns about induced vehicular demand and loss of valuable farm land being paramount. TAO will consult with other non-government environmental organizations as to next steps.
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