OTA: Ontario’s Economic Future Depends on Projects like the GTA West

The Ontario Trucking Association recently stated its support for the GTA West highway project in a letter to government officials.

Highlighting the link between highway investments and economic growth and prosperity, OTA pointed howhighways reduce transportation costs, congestion and provide easier access to markets/transportation hubs, which affect business location and enhancement decisions.

“We must build the GTA West, not just for our present economy but to the secure the future success of our province,” OTA wrote.

The planned highway, which would run through the logistics hub of Canada – the northwestern part of greater Toronto area in the regional municipalities of Halton, Peel and York – would allow better access to all of these areas by providing an east-west, freeway to freeway connection north of GTA, connecting with MTO’s highway network and provides much-needed congestion relief for the Hwy 400-401 interchange and for the multitude of municipal arterial routes currently over capacity. The GTA West will also significantly assist businesses that have already invested in Ontario and ship products to Northern Ontario and Western Canada.

Access to these markets will be greatly improved by the GTA West, which would in turn attract new businesses, factories and distribution centres to the GTA as it competes with other provinces and states are competing for the same jobs.

“The GTA West will be vital in securing a future for Ontarians,” says OTA chair Wendell Erb. “Some will say we can’t afford to spend this type of investment on highways. This is very short-sighted. Afterall, where would we be as a nation with that kind of thinking? We would have no TransCanada Highway, no national railway system or St. Lawrence Seaway. As modern-day Ontarians, we should learn from previous generations that invested and built the key infrastructure for the sustainable growth and prosperity of future generations.”

“It’s time to plan, build and invest in our future. It’s time to build the GTA West.

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