If you regularly commute to and from work, you likely spend plenty of time behind the wheel. But relief could be on the horizon. York Region is investing $2.2 billion in capital transportation projects over the next decade to make commutes faster and more reliable.
Of that, $328 million is earmarked for growth and maintenance projects this year – an amount that’s in addition to the $365 million already being invested in the rapid transit network, the Region reports.
“These record investments in our transportation network reflect our commitment to growing a world-class transportation network that strengthens the links across our growing communities,” York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson says in a statement.
“York Region is consistently monitoring plans to improve congestion, increase road capacity and maintain our existing roads to keep travellers moving, ensuring the services we provide remain reliable and meet our goals for delivering quality service.”
The 10-Year Roads and Transit Capital Program is designed to balance the infrastructure needed for current and future growth, while keeping existing roads well-maintained. Numerous projects were completed last year, including the widening of Hwy. 7 in the City of Markham and the widening of 2nd Concession in the Towns of East Gwillimbury and Newmarket. As well, 18 new buses were purchased through the 2017 Bus Fleet Expansion project.
This year, construction is taking place at more than 60 locations and is being managed to proactively minimize disruptions to travellers. Plans include working with partners to coordinate construction on Major Mackenzie Drive from Hwy. 50 to the Canadian Pacific Railway; undertaking 11 environmental assessment studies in preparation for future growth; and purchasing 45 buses.
The investments are having a “tremendously positive impact” on communities, says Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services. “Projects related to road widening, the addition of commuter-sharing and bike lanes, as well as improvements to transit terminals, are all working to enhance the traveller experience.”
For a list of current and upcoming Regional road improvement and construction projects, visit york.ca/roadconstruction.