Highway 413 and the Bradford By-Pass, Why are Environmental Groups Seemingly Against Progress?
A lot of people in Ontario are in favour or building more highways in the Province to help alleviate traffic congestion and open up land for further development. Ontario will be taking in many hundreds of thousands of new people over the next two decades and we therefore need more highways to accommodate the increasing car traffic. And anybody who is against the highway must be against growth and against progress. At least that’s the argument. Except that the logic is flawed.
In a recent article, Globe and Mail reporter Todd Litman explains how highways invariably lead to more traffic congestion, cost us all while servicing only a few people, and subsidizes car travel at the expense of other transportation modes. Other options are available and affordable. We just need to have the courage to implement them.