New Transportation Study Underway Between Brantford And Cambridge



    McGuinty Government Helping Municipalities Prepare For Future Growth

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The province is enhancing the environmental assessment for its
transportation planning in the Brantford and Cambridge areas.
    The Ministry of Transportation will be moving forward with a more
detailed environmental assessment in response to comments and questions raised
by the affected communities in an earlier study.

    
    The new Individual Environmental Assessment Study will:
    -  Improve consultation by creating new community and transit advisory
       groups
    -  Align transportation opportunities with Ontario's "Growth Plan for the
       Greater Golden Horseshoe"
    -  Include a new analysis area that is outside the 2005 Greenbelt Plan
       boundaries, extending across the Grand River through North Dumfries to
       Highway 401 west of Cambridge, including downtown Brantford.

    A draft Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference will be ready for
review in September 2008. Public Information Centres will also begin at that
time. The ministry will submit the Terms of Reference to the Ministry of the
Environment for approval in January 2009.

    QUOTES

    "We have created a new transportation strategy to respond to issues raised
by municipalities, residents and business owners. This strategy will give us a
transportation solution that supports and strengthens the communities it will
serve," said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm).

    QUICK FACTS

    -  In 2006 and 2007, the Ministry of Transportation began the early
       phases of the Highway 24 Transportation Corridor Planning and Class
       Environment Assessment Study.
    -  Approximately 15,000 vehicles use Highway 24 each day.
    -  Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $9.3 billion in
       highways, roads and bridges and invested $6.2 billion in public
       transit.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about the Brantford to Cambridge Transportation Corridor
Environmental Assessment study (http://www.brantford-cambridge-ea.ca/).
    Get up-to-date road condition information
(http://www.roadinfo.mto.gov.on.ca/) on major highways in the area. You can
also call the ministry's road information line at 416-235-4686, or toll-free
at 1-800-268-4686.


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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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