What now Minister Wynne?

Change the 407Act!  Please sign & share the petition  http://www.change.org/petitions/premier-kathlynn-wynne-glen-murray-tracy-maccharles-change-the-407act

Tammy Flores: This goes to show you what happens if political people take an interest in something that even ordinary regular people are concerned about. But not one politican wants to touch the problem with the current operator of the 407 ETR.

Did you know …that on May 20th, 2010 I got a response from Mike Colle.

ARTICLE: >> Ministry of Transportation exploring “options” for the Hwy 407 East Extension

OSHAWA, ON, Feb. 14 /CNW/ – The Ministry of Transportation is assessing the impact that stopping Hwy 407 in Oshawa will have on local traffic and is developing options for further discussion, according to a recent letter sent from Minister Wynne to Oshawa Mayor Henry.

The letter, dated February 2, is in response to the City of Oshawa’s RAMP it up! campaign that urges the province to expedite construction of the Hwy 407 East Extension from Brock Road in Pickering through to Hwy 35/115 in one continuous phase.

This is an encouraging turn around as just 10 weeks ago, Minister Wynne emphatically stated at a public meeting with Durham Region and area politicians that the project would absolutely proceed in two phases with the first phase stopping at Simcoe Street.

“I am pleased that Premier McGuinty and Minister Wynne are revising their position and are reassessing their decision to stop Hwy 407 in Oshawa,” says Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “However, those impacted by this extension – including my political colleagues and I – have not yet been consulted regarding these options. Will the community – residents, businesses, community groups, municipalities – have input into these options?”

Public and political pressure surrounding the Hwy 407 East Extension project has been building since the province unexpectedly announced it would build the extension in two phases – contrary to years of preparation, study and promises for a one-phase extension from Brock Road in Pickering through to Hwy 35/115 with a completion date of 2013. Currently, the province plans to stop Hwy 407 at Simcoe Street in Oshawa using a two-phased approach, which will ultimately mean higher costs for all provincial taxpayers. In addition, it will cost the residents of Durham Region and the City of Oshawa approximately $329 million in unplanned capital road work plus ongoing maintenance costs.

In response, the City of Oshawa launched the RAMP it up! campaign on January 24, 2011 to encourage businesses and residents of southern Ontario to oppose any decision to terminate the Hwy 407 East in Oshawa and petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to proceed with the Hwy 407 East Extension project as planned and promised, in one continuous phase, from Brock Road in Pickering through to Hwy 35/115, with a completion date of 2013.

The feedback has been overwhelming supportive. In fact, the support from southern Ontario’s communities has made a difference and influenced Minister Wynne’s decision to rethink her position as stated at the November 23 public meeting. To date:

  • over 850 names have been added to the online petition at www.oshawa.ca/407;
  • approximately 1,000 petition postcards have been collected;
  • more than 50 petition business letters have been received; and,
  • approximately 50 municipal/regional governments (Durham Region Municipalities, GTA Regions and GTAH Municipalities) have received a campaign toolkit.

For more information, visit www.oshawa.ca/407 or follow the campaign on twitter @oshawacity.

Article Source: http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/What-Minister-Wynne-cnw-4010327571.html?x=0


Tammy Flores: I was highlighting how more had to be done regarding the operator of this highway and this was his response:

” Thank you for your email regarding your ongoing problem with the 407 ETR. The report you refer to was tabled in 2006. Prior to t…hat, the Minister of Transportation at the time had asked that I conduct a review of the 407 ETR customer service as a result of numerous complaints that MPPs were receiving from our respective constituents. We asked the public to submit examples of their complaints so that we could compile the report and make some recommendations on how the ETR could improve their customer service. The public responded with thousands of examples. My role was not to resolve each complaint as that would have been an impossible task.After my report was submitted, the 407 ETR did adopt a couple of the recommendations, including the implementation of an Ombudsman. If you have not already done so, you may wish to contact the 407 ETR Ombudsman, Denise Pelltier. My review of the 407 ETR customer service ended once my report was tabled in 2006.http://www.407etr.com/Products/custserv_ombud.htm

You mention in your email that you have also contacted a law firm and your own MPP and any future correspondence should be directed to your MPP. Perhaps he/she can follow up with the Ministry of Transportation on your behalf.

I wish you luck in resolving this issue.


Mike Colle”

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