THORNHILL, ON, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - There is only one option when it
comes to the future of the Gardiner Expressway. CAA South Central
Ontario (CAA SCO) urges Waterfront Toronto and Toronto City Council to
reject any recommendations that would remove lanes on the Gardiner
Waterfront Toronto has released four potential options for the eastern
portion of the Gardiner Expressway as part of its environmental
assessment. The options include maintaining the expressway, or tearing
it down and replacing it with a tunnel, a grand boulevard, or a new
elevated highway. Maintaining the expressway is the only option of the
four proposed that would preserve the number of lanes currently
available to motorists.
"We encourage Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto to move forward
with the option to maintain the expressway which would include much
needed improvements," said Faye Lyons, Government Relations, CAA SCO.
Reducing lanes on the Gardiner would result in a further increase in
traffic. That is why CAA SCO is urging Waterfront Toronto and City
Council to consider the impact on traffic gridlock and congestion as it
debates this critical issue.
"Reducing capacity on the Gardiner would also force more commuters on to
Toronto's arterial roads putting the safety of drivers, cyclists and
pedestrians at risk. This would have an enormous impact not only on the
GTA's economy and road congestion, but also the quality of life for
residents," said Lyons.
According to Statistics Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Finance,
Toronto's population is projected to grow from 2.79 million in 2012 to
3.45 million in 2036, an increase of 23.6 per cent.
"This population forecast only emphasizes the need for dedicated and
long-term transportation investment, as well as the improvement and
expansion of our transit system and road network," added Lyons.
Each week, there are over 750,000 trips on the Gardiner in both
CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering
roadside services, automotive care, travel and insurance. There are
more than 1.9 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and over 5.9
million members in Canada. We're more than Roadside Assistance. We're Life-side Assistance.
SOURCE: CAA South Central Ontario
For further information:
Media contact: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Consultant, CAA SCO, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Communications Consultant, email@example.com, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641.