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Re: Sell the Gardiner Expressway - Afam Vaughn
said by PX Eliezer:A former
Even a big city like Toronto shouldn't be going it alone on an expressway.
Although many large US cities do the day-to-day maintenance of large highways, much funding comes from the states and from the US federal government, especially for upgrades and major repairs.
Ontario has a provincial gasoline tax, and this highway clearly should be a provincial (King's) highway.
golf pro Premier of ours downloaded responsibility for a number of miles of our 400 series highways onto the City of Toronto. While the Gardiner Expressway was *never* a provincial responsibility, the downloading of the costs of maintaining between 10-16 lanes x about 40 mile length of highway (about 25 miles of 401 plus 427 and 400 within Toronto's borders) is also taking cash from city coffers.
There's nothing wrong with rebuilding the Gardiner and turning it into a toll road - but don't privatize the thing like the former
golf pro Premier did with the 407. If we need to license toll technology, then fine, do that - but the public should own the road. This is nothing new for Ontario - as was discussed here before »Re: Speed limiters on trucks declared unconstitutional
Fort Erie, ON
said by MaynardKrebs:Wrong. The only freeway that was downloaded to the City of Toronto in 1997/98 was about 5km of the Queen Elizabeth Way east of the 427 that was made a part of the Gardiner Expressway. (before Last Parade jumps in, yes, 2A was downloaded too, but it may as well be the same as Kingston Road) None of the 401, 427 or 400 was downloaded to the City and are still 100% provincial highways.
the downloading of the costs of maintaining between 10-16 lanes x about 40 mile length of highway (about 25 miles of 401 plus 427 and 400 within Toronto's borders) is also taking cash from city coffers.
The 409 west of the 427 was also "downloaded" but to the GTAA, not any municipal authority.