Building a Better Halton by Investing in Transportation

Did you know that Halton Region, working with all levels of government and guided by a Transportation Master Plan, provides a safe, well-managed transportation network that includes 305 km of Regional roads, 88 bridges and 208 traffic signals? This network supports our vibrant local economy and the needs of residents and businesses.

We know, and you have also told us, that transportation and well maintained and planned for infrastructure, is critical to our residents and businesses and because of that we’re investing the majority of our 2011 Building a Better Halton capital program for Public Works into our transportation system. This year alone $132.6 million will be spent on road infrastructure widening and rehabilitation.

The 2011 transportation capital budget includes funding for the construction of James Snow Parkway (Regional Road 4) and a grade separation north of Steeles Avenue in Milton; the widening of Dundas Street (Regional Road 5) in Burlington and Oakville; completing the Upper Middle Road (Regional Road 38) widening in Oakville; the Regional Road 25 widening in Oakville and Milton; starting the engineering on a grade separation at the Canadian National Railway crossway at Derry Road (Regional Road 7) in Milton; rehabilitating the Stewarttown bridge on Trafalgar Road (Regional Road 3) in Halton Hills; and more transportation projects that will help Build a Better Halton.

Widening our Regional roads to reduce commute and travel times is only one part of the solution to improving transportation in Halton – by encouraging more people to carpool or take public transit, we will help reduce the number of one-driver vehicles on our roads.

For this reason, we’re proud to partner with Metrolinx on the Smart Commute Halton External Link program. This great program allows Halton companies to sign up as a Smart Commute employer External Link to help improve their staff’s commuting options. Halton residents can also connect with the Smart Commute program through the Carpool Zone External Link to find people with similar commuting options in order to find a carpooling partner.

I’m also happy that in November, Metrolinx announced the extension of the GO Transit rail service on the Georgetown line to Acton, with two morning and two evening trains to Acton scheduled to begin by the end of this year.

To further encourage public transit and alternatives to single-driver vehicles on our roads, Halton is also working with the Town of Oakville and City of Burlington to investigate the feasibility of Bus Rapid Transit lanes on Dundas Street (Regional Road 5) in Burlington and Oakville and Trafalgar Road (Regional Road 3) in Oakville.

We’re making a significant commitment to infrastructure because it’s the right decision for Halton. Improving your quality of life – whether it’s helping to reduce commute times or providing you with clean, safe drinking water – is a top priority. I’d like to thank all our residents and businesses for their patience during construction as we work to Build a Better Halton and encourage you to learn more about the planning and construction of our infrastructure projects from our website at www.halton.ca/construction.

Working together, we can ensure that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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.”