Frustration. Gridlock again. You are going to be late. Getting around doesn’t feel easy. In fact, it feels unnecessarily difficult.
But what if you had choices?
What if all Halton GO Trains ran two-way all day service? What if Halton buses had dedicated lanes so there was no traffic between you and your destination? What if the whole system in Halton was designed to make your life easier?
The average GTHA commuter spends 82 minutes trying to get to and from work every day. If we don’t take action now against congestion, it could grow to 109 minutes. That’s a Hollywood film! Imagine doing that five times a week.
If you think traffic is getting worse, you’re right. The Halton Region is growing. In fact, the population has expanded by more than 188,000 people or 60 percent in the last 20 years. That’s like adding in another Oakville! Do you notice that most cars only have one person in them? That’s a lot of added cars.
Want a solution? You aren’t alone. Over 88% of residents in GTHA have said that it’s important to reduce congestion and increase the frequency of transit to get commuters to their destination more quickly.
Metrolinx has a plan—a world class, award-winning plan. It’s called The Big Move, and it has already been approved not only by Halton Region, but every municipality in the GTHA.
What are some of The Big Move’s new initiatives that will make your life easier?
- Spanning the Lakeshore line, you’ll get where you’re going faster with the new GO Lakeshore Express Rail Service. You’ll enjoy a quieter ride, improved reliability and increased speed on your commute with the electrification of the Kitchener and Lakeshore GO lines.
- Fewer transfers between transit systems and seamless travel between Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga and Toronto will be made possible on the future Dundas BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) line.
- You won’t have to worry about missing the train to work if you use the GO Transit two-way, all-day service. That will mean no more running to make the last scheduled train for Halton commuters.
- Connecting between transit services will be made easier in Halton Region with your PRESTO pass. Soon your PRESTO card will be the one card for all GTHA transit systems.
Sounds good? Our economy thinks so too. We are losing $6 billion each year in productivity and 26,000 jobs to congestion. The Big Move isn’t just an investment in your quality of life; it will change the financial health of the region. With every $1 invested in transit, our economy expects a return of $1.19. That’s a 19% return on investment!
It’s smart planning that looks at the GTHA as a whole. The best part? Metrolinx has already started with several projects under construction, including:
- Union Station is being revitalized to improve its quality and capacity and make your experience more efficient and comfortable.
- The Union Pearson Express is on track and by 2015, will be offering 5,000 passengers a day quiet and efficient trains departing Union Station for Pearson Airport every 15 minutes.
- York Region and Brampton have already launched Viva and Züm express bus service. Along with Durham Region, these networks will become BRTs (Bus Rapid Transit) with dedicated lanes.
- Acton GO Station was completed in January 2013.