neighbourhood traffic concerns

Midtown and downtown cores are buzzing with construction activity. As we watch Metrolinx build its control center and the Town upgrade water and sewer mains across town, the community deals with traffic congestion, diverted routes and dodging pylons. The inconvenience that comes with progress. This work is necessary to accommodate the explosive growth in our town.  Oakville GO Station is  the 2nd busiest transportation hub in the province after Union Station. No doubt It will change our neighbourhood, and the growth will impact our community for generations to come. Decisions made today will have a lasting impact on the future of our town. Will it live up to be “Livable Oakville”?

We understand the complexities involved with these projects but we also realize that much is at stake for our community. We would hope that the decision makers with the various levels of government (The Town, The Region, The Province with Metrolinx) also understand that the stakes are high for the community and that they are actively engaged in a coordinated planning and development effort to make sure that its needs are met. Unfortunately, when you observe decisions on traffic flow, adequacy of infrastructure, downtown parking and pedestrian safety, that is not the impression one gets. 

Congestion:  Traffic congestion through the intersections of Trafalgar and Cornwall, Trafalgar and Cross, Trafalgar and the QEW is a current problem which is getting worse. Periodically, particularly at rush hour around train arrival or departure times, the intersections at Trafalgar/Cornwall and Trafalgar/Cross become severely congested.  Drivers routinely enter intersections even when they are already blocked, causing further blockages.  When there is construction or an accident on Trafalgar  between Cornwall and Iroquois Shore , transiting through Midtown North/South or East/West becomes very difficult.

Pedestrian Safety:  Many from our neighbourhood walk to and from the station, crossing the Trafalgar/Cornwall intersection in their commute to Toronto.  Those who cycle typically use the pedestrian crossings (dismounted or not).  The intersection and traffic light sequences are optimized for motor vehicles, barely allowing enough time for a pedestrian to cross, The consequence is that pedestrians at rush hour routinely ignore the traffic signals and jaywalk-an unsafe event.

Midtown Growth in advance of upgraded infrastructure:  Absent major improvements to ease traffic congestion in this corridor and to cater to pedestrian safety, Midtown development will dramatically compound existing problems. Commerce in Downtown Oakville is already stressed by competition, and high rents. We worry that it will become more isolated by the creek to the west and Midtown to the north and therefore lose visitors.

The TCRA is looking to begin a continuous dialogue with all the decision makers at the table (the Region, the Town, the Province and Metrolinx). The TCRA understands that renewal is necessary and disruptive but it must be done with the interest of the community in mind, and with a clear vision of the future development.