Keeping you on the move with safe and efficient Regional roads

To keep Halton moving, Halton Region is investing $1.2 billion in its regional roads capital program over the next 10 years and I’m happy to say that this investment in our transportation infrastructure is working. A review of Greater Toronto Area corridors shows Halton Region as having the least congested corridors compared to other regional municipalities, reinforcing how our infrastructure is in the right place at the right time and meeting the needs of our community.

The 2013 Halton Region Transportation Services Progress Report, recently received by Regional Council, outlines what our Transportation division is working on today and in the future. It outlines current and future environmental assessment projects, new and ongoing design and construction projects, ongoing maintenance programs and proactive safety measures all designed to keep Halton roads moving safely and efficiently.

To meet the needs of a growing population, Halton Region has continued to deliver a roads capital improvement program which invests, on average, more than $120 million every year towards ongoing or new construction projects. In 2013, Halton committed $289 million to Regional roads, an increase from $50 million in 2006.

While the Region is committed to investing in its transportation infrastructure, Halton is also committed to programs that encourage residents and businesses to take advantage of transportation alternatives and not rely solely on single occupant vehicles.

In 2013, Smart Commute Halton included 20 Halton businesses with more than 15,000 employees actively involved in the program and 56 registered carpools. Last year, Smart Commute Halton designated workplaces managed to eliminate 483,920 km of road travel, prevented 105,073 kg of greenhouse gas emissions and saved almost $312,295 in commuter savings. If you have a business in Halton and are interested in joining the program, visit our website or dial 311 for more information on this free program.

Halton Region has also undertaken an Active Transportation Master Plan that will provide a strategy for infrastructure, as well as initiatives and programs to promote people-powered travel throughout the Region. In 2013, approximately 11 km of paved shoulders and 13 km of wider curb lanes were built to support active transportation.

Through proactive programs such as Drive SAFE, traffic signal optimization studies and intersection and speed reviews, Halton Region will make sure our transportation infrastructure and programs meet the needs of our community, while protecting the environment, today and in the future.

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

Great Planning = A Great Place to Live

Halton residents have one of the highest standards of living in Canada and a large part of why Halton is such a great place to live is because of the significant effort Regional Council dedicates to planning for a safe, healthy community.

As you can tell by the construction across the Region, transportation and infrastructure are key priorities for Halton residents and Regional Council, as identified in The Citizens’ Priorities- Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan. Over the next 10 years, Halton Region expects to spend more than $2 billion on water and wastewater infrastructure. These investments will help reduce your commute time, expand your water supply, and ensure the health of all residents and our natural environment through our infrastructure improvement program.

Halton’s Transportation Master Plan, a 20-year, $2.4 billion capital investment plan will support growth in the Region to 2031 and ensure that transportation improvements are in place to meet demand. By the end of 2016, the Regional road network across Halton will have grown to 1,087 kilometres of lanes. In addition, 217 kilometres of shared or dedicated on-road bike lanes and off-road multi-use pathways will have been provided as part of the Region’s Active Transportation Master Plan.

Construction is a critical component of supporting the water service, wastewater collection and transportation needs of our growing community. Over the next three years (to 2016), whether you’re impacted by the $430 million Regional investment in road improvements in the Town of Milton and Town of Halton Hills or the $300 million investment in road improvements to the Dundas Street corridor in Oakville and Burlington, we appreciate your patience as we continue to implement the plans that support our great communities.

Through sound fiscal management, Halton Region has delivered quality programs and services for residents while maintaining an average zero per cent tax increase for the past seven years. I’m proud to say that this is one of the best records in all of Canada.

For details on construction projects on what’s happening now and what’s planned for the Region’s busiest construction areas, visit www.halton.ca/construction to sign up for our e-newsletter.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Transforming our regional transportation network

More than once I’ve been told by corporate representatives that they’ve chosen to locate their business in Halton because of the Region’s commitment to maintaining and improving the Regional road system. These comments have reinforced my belief that our growing Region needs an effective road system for moving people and goods to ensure our quality of life and economic prosperity.

In 2011, Halton’s Transportation Master Plan –The Road to Changtransportpice –established a 20-year, $2.4 billion capital program to meet transportation demand to 2031. A recent presentation to Planning and Public Works Committee on the Transportation Capital Program and the improvements currently being delivered and planned through 2016 was impressive.

Highlights included:

  • Between 2011 and 2016, segments of all 15 major Regional road corridors will have been improved to provide additional capacity and 153 kilometres of new lanes.
  • By the end of 2016, capital improvements will have increased the east/west capacity on portions of our Regional roads by 16 additional lanes and the north/south capacity by 14 additional lanes.
  • New active transportation facilities – by 2016, 217 kilometres of shared or dedicated on-road bike lanes and off-road multi-use pathways will have been provided as part of the Region’s Active Transportation Master Plan.

The approved 2013 transportation capital budget is $289 million. This is a huge increase from the $50 million spent in the 2006 transportation capital budget . That’s strong evidence of the Region’s commitment to transforming the Regional road network, while keeping taxes low, at an average zero percent increase over the last seven years. .

The Region has already completed the widening of Dundas Street frtransportpic2om Proudfoot Trail to Neyagawa Boulevard, including the construction of the new Sixteen Mile Creek Bridge (at right) in the Town of Oakville. In the Town of Milton, we’ve widened Tremaine Road from Derry Road to Main Street and built a new four-lane extension to the James Snow Parkway from Regional Road 25 to Boston Church Road.

A number of major projects are still underway including:

  • Steeles Avenue widening from James Snow Parkway to Winston Churchill Boulevard and intersection reconstruction at Ontario Street
  • Derry Road grade separation (new CN underpass) west of Bronte Street
  • Dundas Street widening from Oak Park to Highway 403
  • Regional Road 25 widening from Derry Road to Britannia Road including a new bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek, from Highway 407 to Britannia Road, and from Highway 401 to 5 Side Road/Campbellville Road

Additional road improvements will be starting later this year on Tremaine Road in the Town of Milton and on Ninth Line in the Town of Oakville; and in 2014 we are scheduled to start construction on the widening of 12 kilometres of Britannia Road from Tremaine Road to Highway 407 in Milton.

To stay informed about what’s planned for Halton’s major transportation corridors over the next several years, subscribe to Construction Update.  Individual project information can be found on Halton’s website under Regional Construction Projects.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Regional Accomplishments: October – December 2011

Every day, Halton Region works to provide residents and businesses with valuable programs and services. From affordable housing and public health; to business development and emergency management; from waste collection to water/wastewater treatment, we are committed to delivering our programs and services in a cost-effective and easily accessible manner.I am pleased to share with you some of Halton Region’s major accomplishments for the 4th quarter of 2011.If you have any concerns or comments, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca.
 

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Approved 2012 budget with a zero per cent tax increase
    On December 14, Halton Regional Council approved the Region’s 2012 Budget and Business Plan, delivering a zero per cent tax rate increase for Regional programs and services. In the past six years, Halton Region has one of the best records in all of Canada for keeping taxes low. The approval of the 2012 budget marks the third consecutive year the Region has not increased taxes for its services, while maintaining service levels in a growing community. Regional services account for approximately 25 per cent of the residential property tax bill received by Halton residents.

Attracting and Retaining Jobs

  • The Economic Development Strategy 2012-2021 Implementation Plan
    The Economic Development Strategy 2012-2021 Implementation Planwas approved by Regional Council on December 14th. The Implementation Plan will guide Halton Region Economic Development, in concert with its local municipal partners to fulfil the Region’s vision for economic development by 2021.
  • Halton Region’s Small Business Centre reaches 1000 followers
    Over 1,000 people are now following the Centre on Twitter and connecting with each other for small business news, tips, expert advice, and information about the Centre’s services, resources, and events.
  • Entrepreneurship Week
    Halton Region’s Small Business Centre and HalTech, Halton’s regional innovation centre, combined for a successful inaugural Entrepreneurship Week, November 15-17 at Sheridan College in Oakville. More than 200 registrants participated in learning sessions and enjoyed networking opportunities.
  • Release of the Development Charges Background Study
    Halton Region released a Development Charges Background Study for Water, Wastewater, Roads & General Services Development Charges pdf 4.5 MB on November 30. The Background Study has been prepared in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997 and, together with the proposed By-laws, is being made available to the public prior to a public meeting scheduled for February.

Promoting Tourism

  • Social media
    Halton Tourism announced the winner of the fall photo contest on its Facebook page and reached 442 twitter followers.
  • Halton Region Museum hosted successful fall events
    Halton Region Museum hosted a number of events in fall 2011. In addition to its successful Jazz at the Museum concert series, the Museum brought back its popular Hearthside event, an evening of entertainment, great music and superb food. Held in honour of the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration, the well-attended event featured a new caterer, talented Juno nominated entertainment and a younger trio and served to showcase the Museum.

Be an Employer of Choice

  • Halton named one of the GTA’s Top Employers for 2012
    Halton Region was named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2012. The annual Greater Toronto’s Top Employers competition recognizes employers that lead their sectors in areas such as health, financial and family benefits; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

Safe Communities

  • Halton announced as safest regional municipality in Canada
    For the fourth year in a row, Maclean’s Magazine has named Halton Region the Safest Place to live in the Great Toronto Area and the Safest Regional Municipality in Canada. Maclean’s bases its ranking on aggregate results of the 2010 annual crime data from Statistics Canada’s for Municipal police services serving the nation’s 100 largest populations and the Crime Severity Index (CSI) scores.

Transportation

  • Tremaine Road widening, Derry Road to Main Street, Milton, includes roundabout
    Thank you to all the drivers who use Tremaine Road, between Derry Road and Main Street, for your patience during the construction over the last two years. This $16 million project (including federal and provincial funding) included widening Tremaine Road to four lanes between Derry Road and Main Street, installing new watermains, building Halton’s first Regional roundabout, creating dedicated on-road cycling lanes, adding multi-use paths on the east side of the road and more. For more details on how to safely drive the roundabout, visit www.halton.ca/goround.
  • Derry Road repaving from Walkers Line to Tremaine Road including intersection improvements at Walkers Line and Derry Road
    This quarter also saw the repaving on Derry Roadbetween Walkers Line and Tremaine Road. Not only will this give a smoother ride to drivers, but the intersection at Walkers Line and Derry Road has been improved.
  • 16 Mile Creek North Bridge (Dundas Street from Proudfoot Trail to Neyagawa Boulevard)
    Drivers using Dundas Street in Oakville will have noticed construction between Proudfoot Trail and Neyagawa Boulevard. This infrastructure project hit a milestone this quarter when the new north bridge crossing the 16 Mile Creek opened to traffic in October. When the project is finished later this year, Dundas Street will be six lanes with bicycle paths and sidewalks on both sides of the two new bridges.
  • Transportation Master Plan
    On Wednesday, October 5, Regional Council approved Halton’s most recent Transportation Master Plan, The Road to Change, which plans the Regional transportation system up to the year 2031. The master plan examines transportation infrastructure, identifies new road corridors and ways to provide for cycling and walking, promotes travel demand management programs (such as carpooling) and accommodates enhanced municipal and inter-regional (GO) transit services. For more details on The Road to Change – Halton’s Transportation Master Plan 2031, please visit www.halton.ca/htmp

Infrastructure

  • Water and Wastewater Master Plan
    On October 5, 2011 Regional Council approved the Sustainable Halton Water and Wastewater Master Plan. This plan ensures that Halton will continue to provide a safe and uninterrupted water supply for all Halton residents and businesses that receive Regional water, as well as ensuring that wastewater is treated efficiently and effectively.

Waste Management

  • Solid Waste Management Strategy
    On November 16, Regional Council approved Halton’s new Solid Waste Management Strategy which will guide Regional waste diversion programs towards the goal of achieving a 65 per cent waste diversion rate by the year 2016. To learn more about each of the new initiatives included in the 2012 to 2016 Solid Waste Management Strategy visit www.halton.ca/wastestrategy.

Planning Sustainable Communities

  • Approval of ROPA 38
    On November 25, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing external link issued a Notice of Decision to approve ROPA 38 (Sustainable Halton) with modifications to align the Region’s Official Plan with the Province’s Growth Plan, Greenbelt Plan and the Provincial Policy Statement.

Affordable and Assisted Housing

  • Completion of two new HCHC seniors buildings – Martin House Residence in Milton and Aldershot Village in Burlington
    The construction of two new Halton Community Housing Corporation (HCHC) seniors’ housing developments was completed at the end of 2011. Martin House Seniors Residence  pdf 203 MB, located at 189 Ontario Street South in Milton, provides Halton with 80 new units for seniors, including eight units for persons with disabilities. Aldershot Village Residence pdf 144 MB, located at 540 Plains Road East in Burlington, offers 65 new affordable housing units and is home to the Burlington Public Library’s new Aldershot Branch.

Children and Youth Development

  • Innovation funding
    Halton’s Our Kids Network/Early Years Committee received Innovation Funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services external link for the development of a new Service Navigation System model. The new system will allow Halton to move forward with the Best Start Child and Family System (BSCFS) designed to support families during a child’s early years
  • Our Kids Network Report Card
    Halton Our Kids Network external link released A Vision for Children in Halton, Report Card 2011. The third report card since 2004, A Vision for Children in Halton 2011 is a powerful tool and more information can be found online external link pdf 5.69 MB.
  • Halton Our Kids highlighted in Ontario’s Chief MOH Annual report
    On December 1, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, released her 2010 Annual Report, Health, Not Health Care external link– Changing the Conversation. The report cited Halton Our Kids Network (OKN) as an example of an Ontario municipality crossing government and sectoral lines to create healthy public policy. Halton Region’s Health and Social and Community Services Departments are key partners in OKN.
  • New intake/information line accessed by dialing 311
    Based on the research from two focus group surveys conducted in 2010, the Health Department created a new intake/information line staffed by public health nurses to increase access to comprehensive health and parenting information. This new intake/information line went live on December 5. Public health nurses provide comprehensive, best-practice advice, information, support, and counselling on a variety of topics. They also assist with linkages and referrals to Halton Region programs, classes, services and other community resources. The line also benefits health care professionals, school staff, childcare professionals, and staff from community agencies.
  • Halton Baby Friendly Initiative common messages document to become provincial resource
    In November, the Health Department signed an agreement with the Province to adapt the department’s “Key Common Messages Supporting the BFI (Baby Friendly Initiative)” working document into a provincial resource. The document has been widely used in the Halton community to provide consistent messages for health care providers. Health Nexus, Best Start Resource Centre external link and the Ontario Breastfeeding Committee external linkrecognized it as a valuable tool for other organizations working towards BFI accreditation and maintenance. This recent agreement means that the Halton document will be adapted by a committee of academics, hospital and community experts and become a provincial resource.
  • Community of Aldershot focuses on mental health
    In October the Aldershot community hosted a youth event called the Big Chill. The day was organized by the “Partnering Aldershot Safety Team” to promote mental health and increase awareness of community resources.

Seniors

  • Successful bid for provincial funding to support community seniors’ fall prevention
    Halton Region Health Department staff provided key leadership in a successful bid for provincial funding of seniors’ fall prevention research. The research project, “Engaging Community-Based Organizations in Fall Prevention for Older Adults: Moving from Research to Action,” received $100,000 to better inform public health and the community to prevent falls in older adults.

Protecting Public Health

  • Health indicators reports
    Monitoring the health of Halton citizens is a key priority for Regional Council and the Halton Region Health Department (HRHD). Using data from a variety of sources including the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System, Canadian Community Health Survey, Our Kids Halton Youth Survey and sources such as vital statistics births and deaths, and hospital discharges, HRHD regularly develops Health Indicator Reports on various health issues such as tobacco use or body mass index (i.e., weight). Each report includes demographic comparisons by age, sex, and municipality, as well as trends over time related to that health issue and helps to inform HRHD programs and services. In the fall, several new and updated reports were posted on the Region’s website.
  • Fall 2011 paramedic continuing medical education training
    All paramedic staff completed an eight-hour continuing medical education session in November. Continuing education is delivered throughout the year to ensure Halton paramedics are proficient with current standards, and to educate paramedics on new protocols, medication and equipment.
  • Emergency Services tiered response agreement completed
    In the early 1990s, a tiered response guideline was established amongst the three emergency services—EMS, police and fire services. The agreement outlined when the various emergency service agencies would be dispatched to emergency incidents that require more than once agency to respond to assist the primary emergency service. Halton’s EMS, police and fire services have been working under this guideline since 2000 when Halton Region assumed responsibility for EMS. One of Regional Council’s key actions identified in the 2011-2014 Action Plan was to create an updated tiered response agreement with the three emergency services. The new agreement was completed in fall 2011 by a working group of Deputy Chiefs from each agency, and was implemented early January 2012.  

Promoting Healthy Living

  • Healthy Weights Takes Action Community of Practice
    On November 22, 2011, the Halton Region Health Department launched the Healthy Weights: Halton Takes Action Community of Practice (CoP). CoP’s are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. Twenty-one participants, from many sectors such as education, community-based organizations, NGOs, health and municipal/provincial governments, gathered for the event. The CoP is just one in a series of comprehensive efforts to address obesity in Halton.
  • Halton continues to support smokers in their quit attempts (STOP program)
    On December 13, 2011, 43 Halton residents participated in the STOP on the Road external link program. Each participant received counselling and a five-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Telephone follow-up will now be offered to participants by the Center for Addiction and Mental Health. During the past quarter, Halton offered a variety of training opportunities to cessation practitioners. Two hundred practitioners attended sessions on best practices, motivational interviewing, cessation evaluation, and gender-specific approaches to cessation.
  • Safety Drives Us presents at national injury prevention conference
    Safety Drives Us (SDU) external link: Road Safety Initiatives for Newcomers in Halton” is a committee comprised of a unique partnership in Halton, Peel and Hamilton Regions between ethnic media, settlement agencies, children’s safety advocates, public health, police and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. On November 15, SDU presented at the Safe Kids Canada’s Injury Prevention conference in Vancouver. SDU initiatives include translation of child car seat pamphlets and videos into seven languages, training of settlement workers in car seat safety, car seat clinics for newcomer families and PSAs on multicultural radio programs, newspapers, and cable TV.

Air Quality

  • A Farewell to Featherwagons
    On December 22, 2011, Halton Region posted e-book translations on the Region’s website of the popular children’s picture book for children aged four to eight, A Farewell to Featherwagons. The book is now available in French, Spanish, Polish and Cantonese, reflecting the top four languages spoken most often at home in Halton, other than English. A Farewell to Featherwagons introduces children to air quality and climate change themes to inspire earth-friendly living at an early age. Since its launch in June, more than 2,500 copies have been distributed to libraries, schools and day care centres across Halton and there have been close to 2,000 visits to www.halton.ca/featherwagons.

Planning the Road to Change together

Do you know what you’ll be doing in 2031? Probably not, but thanks to your input we have developed a plan for what the Regional transportation system will look like in 20 years.

On October 5, Regional Council approved Halton’s most recent Transportation Master Plan called The Road to Change which plans our transportation system up to the year 2031. By approving this master plan, Halton Regional Council continues its progressive and long term perspective on planning for growth in Halton.

Our transportation system is made up of a network of roads and services owned and operated by the Province, the Region and the Local Municipalities. Our Transportation Master Plan looks at all of these components and provides a long range plan to ensure that Halton residents and businesses can travel throughout the Region in a safe and efficient manner.  

The Regional road system includes more than $1 billion in road related infrastructure, with more than 900 lane km of roads, 206 traffic signals and 122 bridges and large culverts. Over the next 20 years the work identified through the Transportation Master Plan will bring the value of our transportation infrastructure to over $3 billion.

Halton’s transportation system must provide us with options and seamless travel within Halton and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. However, it’s not enough to just widen roads in order to accommodate the travel demand in 2031.  We also need to incorporate new road corridors, provide for cycling and walking, promote travel demand management External Link (such as carpooling) and accommodate enhanced municipal and inter-regional (GO) transit services.

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 given us your feedback, ideas and possible solutions for developing a Regional transportation network we can all be proud of.

Working together, we can ensure that Halton Region 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.”

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.”

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.”