The Motorists’ Friend Unveils “Fight Traffic Gridlock – A Transportation Policy for Mississauga”
PORT CREDIT. September 29, 2014. This morning mayoralty candidate Paul Fromm unveiled a transportation policy for Mississauga entitled “Fight Traffic Gridlock.”
For at least the last five years, polls have shown that residents of Mississauga consider traffic gridlock the major issue. “If elected Mayor, I will make it my number one priority,” said the former educator and foundation director. “I will camp out at Queen’s Park and on Parliament Hill to drive home to these other levels of Government that urgent action and funding are needed.”
“Traffic gridlock frays nerves, wears cars out prematurely and costs Ontario over $6-billion annually,” the candidate who bills himself as “the motorists’ friend” added.
“Traffic gridlock is the result of two factors,” Mr. Fromm explained: “Huge population growth in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), mostly due to immigration, and the neglect over the last 40 years to adequately build transportation infrastructure. This is largely a failure of the Provincial Government. The network of roads in the GTA was excellent in 1980. In the meantime, federal policies have stuffed more than another 3-million people into the GTA, Mississauga has ballooned from 300,000 in 1980 to 754,000 today. With the exception of Highway 407, almost no new infrastructure has been built.”
Mr. Fromm contended: “Mississauga cannot deal with traffic gridlock in a vacuum. In many ways, our gridlock problems are wash back from the total congestion of Toronto, especially on the Queen Elizabeth Way, Highway 401, Highway 403 and Highway 427. Unsnarling traffic gridlock in the GTA will depend to a large extent on solving Toronto’s problems.”
“I am committed to exerting dynamic leadership to keep solving traffic gridlock on the top of the agenda,” he vowed.
Action must be taken nationally, regionally, and locally.
Nationally, the Dominion Government must be urged to declare a five year moratorium on immigration. This isn’t just to give the GTA and Vancouver breathing space to address traffic gridlock. The fact is that, with 1.5-million Canadians unemployed, another 900,000 involuntarily consigned to part-time jobs and the loss over the past decade of 300,000 manufacturing jobs in Ontario alone, there is no economic case for any immigration at this time. There just aren’t jobs for our own people. Immigration at this time is unjust to our own unemployed and to newcomers, whom study after study have found are not doing well at all economically.
Immigration is the major driver of growth in the GTA, including Mississauga. It is estimated that Peel region will grow by an additional 73,000 over the next four years. Region of Peel Social Services notes: “Immigration is a major driving force behind the growth of Peel’s community. Immigrants accounted for approximately 80% of the growth in Peel’s population between 2001 and 2006.”
Regionally, Toronto must address traffic gridlock. Proposals for this go beyond what we can discuss in the current election in Mississauga. Detailed proposals can be found at http://www.gettorontomoving.ca.
However, existing Hydro right-of-ways could be used to build the network of expressways that would ease the pressure and back up on the QEW, the 401 and Highway 427.
A key regional priority should be the extension of the subway through Sherway and on to Square One. Existing railway lines could be used for most of this line.
We should lobby for two-way service every 30 minutes on the GO Kitchener and Milton lines. This would provide many Mississaugans with a viable alternative to driving to Toronto.
Locally. “I stand unabashedly for the motorist. We must get Mississauga moving again. It is Government’s role to give people what they want and need – better roads and improved traffic flow,” says Mr. Fromm.
- Traffic lights should be synchronized green on major thoroughfares like the Dundas, Eglinton, Burhamthorpe, the Queensway, Hurontario, Cawthra and Erin Mills Parkway. The aim should be to move, not slow, traffic.
- The original 1966 plan for the 403 was to take it along the hydro right-of-way to join up with Highway 427. If such a spur were built, it would take a lot of pressure off the 401 as it passes through Mississauga.
- The proposed LRT down Hurontario is folly. Few people want to move north/south from Brampton to Port Credit. The major flow is west/east toward Toronto. The LRT is slow and, worst of all, will seriously reduce room for traffic on Hurontario. More buses should be added.
- Transportation plans should be based on demand, not on manipulative notions of directing people.
- Timely road maintenance should be a high priority. Mississauga roads should not be allowed to fall into the deplorable state of many Toronto roads – the result of years of neglect and penny pinching.
- Enforcement should be geared to safety rather than “revenuing.” Motorists should be respected. Threatening letters from enforcement officials should be signed and a contact number or e-mail provided.