TORONTO — The Ontario provincial government has announced it is not proceeding with a proposed new highway for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) West corridor.
A recent statement said the Ministry of Transportation has accepted an advisory panel’s recommendation that the proposed highway between Vaughan and Milton is not the best way to address changing transportation needs.
As a result of the decision, a corridor that is approximately one-third of the size of the analysis area of the environmental assessment will be protected from development while the province assesses what infrastructure, such as new transit or utilities, will be needed to for the region, the statement explained.
In light of the panel’s recommendation, the transportation needs of the corridor will be evaluated from a regional perspective through the Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan, the province said.
The GTA West Advisory panel was appointed to assist with an internal review of the GTA West highway corridor environmental assessment.
“We have an obligation to respond to new and emerging technologies that impact the movement of people and goods, and we want to be sure that we make the right choices for this region,” said Minister of Transportation Kathryn McGarry.