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Roads are the backbone of our region’s transportation system. They are key to our economy and our quality of life. Our competitiveness relies on our ability to reach destinations quickly and conveniently, and residents depend on the road network to access employment, services, and recreation.
Congestion is threatening our competitiveness, and our reliance on cars and trucks poses other challenges, including rising emissions of greenhouse gas and increased health risks. Furthermore, too many of our residents lose their lives or become critically injured on the roads. We need to change the way roads are planned, maintained and utilized.
The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, in concert with other provincial plans and the Provincial Policy Statement, sets out the provincial policies and strategic directions for roads to meet a more sustainable future. They are to be components of multi-modal transportation corridors in which transit and goods movement needs take priority over those of single occupant automobiles. The Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) transportation system is to be connected, balanced, sustainable, and multi-modal.
Roads and highways are elements of the overall transportation system and must thus be screened against the three pillars of people, environment and economy. From these overarching principles, a diverse set of objectives are proposed, ranging from improving the efficiency of the existing network, designing roads to accommodate transit, walking and cycling, and identifying sustainable and stable sources of funding.
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