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A ten lane 401 through Cambridge? When is it too many?

By shost at 11:34 pm on Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Ministry of Transport proposes to increase the number of lanes, over a five kilometre stretch of the 401 through from Highway 24 in Cambridge to Highway 8 to Kitchener, to 8 lanes expanding further to 10 over the next 7 years.

Estimates for this project are in the $20 million ballpark, which is the entire cost of the upgrades proposed in a section of the GO/Commuter-rail study by the North Municipal Mainline Alliance.

David Graham, a resident of Guelph, writes a strong article denouncing this action, and calling for consideration of alternative methods of transport. He puts it quite eloquently when he writes:

“At what point does the 401 have too many lanes?

By expanding the 401 from 6 to 8 and then to 10 lanes, do we really increase capacity on the highway enough to warrant the investment? Or in 10 years, will drivers, stuck in 10 lanes of lung-shattering traffic, ponder idly if 12 lanes or 14 lanes might possibly be better? At what point do we stop and consider the alternatives to our smog-filled air and car-filled roads?

One GO train can seat one thousand five hundred passengers, plus standing room, with one single 3,000 horsepower engine, the equivalent power of around 20 average cars (with their lone occupants). “

For more on this, visit his blog entry at http://www.cdlu.net/entries/20060609.shtml.

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Comment by AB Clarkson

October 7, 2006 @ 9:34 am

And what about Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig’s post-Thanksgiving announcement about a new Greyhound Terminal?? Sounds a little like what the folks in Barrie got this past summer? Are you ready to take Craig (or perhaps an election opponant like Margaret Barr) to debate this sort of campaign-type announcement?

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Comment by shost

October 16, 2006 @ 10:17 am

Personally I can’t — I’m not a Cambridge resident and cannot push the issues as well as a resident who would be more aware of what is important to locals. I would welcome anyone who can take on this challenge and get us answers to post for all to consider.


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Comment by evanssd

November 6, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

I’ve heard this add-more-lanes line of rationality described as likened to attempting to lose weight by loosening your belt. Just doesn’t make sense.

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