Better Transportation Network
The number one issues that residents call me about have to do with transportation. We need a transportation network system for Burlington to ensure that our connections whether you are driving a car, taking transit, walking or cycling that all our networks work together safely and efficiently.
In order to accomplish this, we need our pedestrian cycling infrastructure to connect across the city north and south and east and west, including our pedestrian walkways on our hydro corridors and ensure there is a safe crossing across the QEW.
Our existing transit system needs to be redesigned and I believe a grid system will better serve our residents with increased service levels to fifteen-minute intervals where appropriate. An improved transit system should lead to less congestion throughout our city.
Over the past I supported Presto card system being implemented which allows more flexibility to travel from city to city on transit. However, I support more being done and I am to discussions about a Regional Transit system.
A Redesigned System
Our existing transit system needs to be redesigned, and I believe a grid system will better serve our residents with increased service levels to fifteen-minute intervals where appropriate.
An improved transit system will better connect with Metrolinx and should lead to less congestion throughout our city.
In the past, I supported the Presto card system implementation, which allows more flexibility to travel from city to city on transit. However, I support more being done, and I plan to bring forward the idea of a Regional Transit system in the new term.
I am the only Councillor that was willing to consider a paid overnight parking pass system in my Ward.
The program for paid overnight parking is currently only available in Alton on a trial basis.
While there are improvements coming, the overall program has been successful. People who really need that extra parking now have a solution. There will be a report coming to Council after the election, that will make a recommendation on the future of this program.
Due to high density, Alton has a unique set of problems related to traffic congestion. Our transportation staff have been reviewing the traffic in Alton over the past year, and will be implementing some improvements to the traffic lights at Appleby and Thomas Alton, as well as the pedestrian crossing at Haber Recreation Centre.
The review is ongoing and will consider the new developments on Thomas Alton and Valera.
Another transportation issue I have been working on is snow removal. I was successful in getting improvements around the schools in Ward Six, including faster sidewalk clearing and extra equipment for our Ward.
We have also been engaging with residents regarding speeding issues, and a number of initiatives have been implemented, including:
- More enforcement by police
- Traffic calming measures
- Lower speed limits
- Parking restrictions
- More stop signs
Transportation issues will be an ongoing concern, and I am committed to finding solutions.