Building a Better Halton through our Transportation Master Plan

For the last year, staff have been consulting with residents and stakeholders to develop Halton Region’s Transportation Master Plan – The Road to Change. This plan will provide the strategies and tools needed to safely and cost-effectively meet the Region’s transportation needs to the year 2031.

This week, we were pleased to offer Public Information Centres in Milton and Halton Hills outlining details of The Road to Change. Two more sessions are scheduled for March 22 in Burlington and March 24 in Oakville so that you can learn more about our plan and let us know your thoughts. You can find out more details about the meetings by looking in your local paper or online at www.halton.ca/htmp.

Given the busy lives of Halton’s residents and businesses, we also recognize that some people simply are unable to make it out to one of our public meetings to let us know their thoughts – so we’re also providing online options so people can share their ideas with us at a time that works for them. You can either send us an email to transportation@halton.ca or complete the online comment form at www.halton.ca/htmp by April 8, 2011. 

Halton is responsible for all aspects of the Regional Road system, including the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and overall management of more than $1 billion in road-related infrastructure. With more than 900 lane km of Regional Roads, 206 Regional traffic signals, and 122 bridges and large culverts, Regional transportation is an issue that’s important to all of us.

I’d like to thank those of you who have attended past meetings and the workshop on our Transportation Master Plan – The Road to Change and provided your feedback, ideas, possible opportunities and alternative solutions for developing the ideal Regional transportation network. And I’d like to encourage anyone else who has thoughts to share your ideas going forward.

At Halton, we are committed to building a better Halton, and have therefore allocated significant amounts of money towards roads and infrastructure.  This year alone, we will be investing over $130 million in transportation infrastructure projects, this is approximately triple the amount that was spent in 2006. All of Halton’s new roads are paid for by development charges, so that Halton taxpayers are not burdened with the cost of growth. 

Working together, we can ensure that Halton Region remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. For more information on The Road to Change, please visit our website at www.halton.ca/htmp.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”