Ontario Making Travel Easier Across Peel RegionPublished on August 08, 2020
Province Introduces Preferred Route for New 400-series Highway and Transitway Across the GTA
MISSISSAUGA – The Ontario government is taking steps to make commuting and travel easier in the Greater Toronto Area by confirming the Preferred Route for a new 400-series highway and transit corridor across Peel, York, and Halton regions. Advancing the GTA West corridor will reduce travel times for drivers and support economic growth and job creation.
"The Greater Golden Horseshoe is an economic driver for the province and addressing transportation needs in this region is essential to the competitiveness of our economy," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. "The GTA West Corridor will help alleviate traffic congestion and improve the movement of people and goods across the province."
The GTA West corridor will include a four-to-six lane 400-series highway, separate infrastructure dedicated for transit and passenger stations, as well as intelligent transportation features and truck parking. By 2031, the overall traffic on this route is expected to exceed 300,000 auto vehicles trips per day.
"The previous government, and previous Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, cancelled the environmental assessment of the GTA West Highway Corridor, without providing any alternative plan to address congestion in Peel – after a $14-million provincial investment and over a decade of delay," said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. "This highway is critical to our economic development, and an essential part of our growth plan for the Region of Peel – and I want to thank Minister Mulroney and Associate Minister Kinga Surma for this announcement; and Regional Chair Nando Iannicca, and Mayors Bonnie Crombie, Patrick Brown, and Allan Thompson for their strong and consistent support for this project."
Feedback from public consultations have been reviewed in consideration of the confirmed Preferred Route and 2020 Focused Analysis Area. The Preferred Route incorporates feedback received from stakeholders and the public as well as new land use and environmental information.
The Preferred Route consists of the route and interchange locations for the GTA West corridor. Preliminary design and further consultations will be moving forward over the next two years as the design is further developed.
The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the GTA West Corridor is expected to be complete by the end of 2022.
- About $2 billion worth of goods move within and through Peel every day.
- The GTA West corridor will complete an integrated highway network, with connections to Highways 400, 401, 407, 410, and 427.
- The GTA West EA will identify and address transportation needs in a study area covering portions of York, Peel and Halton regions.
- The province held meetings open to the general public in September and October of 2019 to gather feedback on the draft Technically Preferred Route.
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP