GTAW Advisory Panel's Letter

May 29, 2017

The Honourable Steven Del Duca
Minister of Transportation
77 Wellesley Street West
3rd Floor, Ferguson Block
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1Z8

Dear Minister:

The members of the GTA West Advisory Panel are pleased to submit our strategic assessment of the GTA West Corridor Environmental Assessment, including our recommendations for next steps and advice on a path forward for the EA process. The advice in our report represents the consensus of the Panel. The GTAW EA recommended a suite of actions, including a new 48-kilometre highway corridor. This proposed corridor would be one element of a complex transportation system in and through the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Since our appointment in Spring 2016, we have undertaken a careful investigation of future transportation demand in the study area and the alternatives for meeting it. Our investigation also reviewed trends, emerging technologies and provincial policy. Our assessment included travel demand forecasting, policy analysis and detailed review of the EA.

We relied on consultation and advice from experts. We are grateful to those individuals, community groups, municipalities, Indigenous communities, environmental groups, development interests, agricultural organizations, and representatives of the transportation sector who provided input. A key point of stakeholder consensus was ending the current uncertainty. Our task benefited from the excellent support we received, and we would like to extend our appreciation to ministry staff for their tireless work.

We are honoured to have had the opportunity to carry out this strategic review.

Sincerely,

Gail Beggs, Chair
Rodney Northey
Matthias Sweet

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