Toronto Star

Should we build more highways or better transit?


Opposition to Ford’s 413 project is primarily personal, McDonald, Nov. 24

Norris McDonald claims that Highway 413 and the Bradford bypass are needed because there is no public transit service in many suburban areas.

Given the climate emergency and continuing destructio­n of natural and rural areas, the task should be to provide the missing transit services, not to build highways.

I’ve seen no reports of any origin-destinatio­n studies that may highlight opportunit­ies for express transit services.

The cost to build Highway 413 and the Bradford bypass may exceed $10 billion. And then there are the annual maintenanc­e costs.

How much of an operating subsidy would be needed to provide peak period express transit services that would offset the growth in road traffic? John Stillich, Innisfil, Ont.

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