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Opening comments: More at the end.
The Transit problem is the clearest example of how the current Mayor, Hazel McCallion & her Council have for years, no decades failed the taxpayers of Mississauga and we all are suffering. This growing problem can not be hide any longer and even the media must make it public. As the media create the icon McCallion, they would be blamed for the damage she has done as the public wonders how things came to be as they are. So the media is wise enough to know the time has come to put Betsy out to pasture and is making the dark side of Hazel McCallion known so, hopefully voters will be wise enough to voter her before even more serious damage is done to their communities.
This letter's time has come. My idea of using hydro corridors has been submitted to government a few times in the past but those in government just know how to make the same mistakes over and over again as they laugh all the way to the bank. Not this time. Now it is before the public and they can vote for it by voting for the candidate whose idea it is - mine. It is very interesting how they misspelled my name, it is not misspelled on the letter sent to them. And yes they cut it up very good to make it small.
Toronto Star - Oct. 14, 2006 - Letter to Editor.
Re: Transit problems
Based on the comments made by Hazel McCallion, Mississauga's long-time mayor, and local councillors it would seem no one saw the traffic jams, gridlock and transit problems coming and no one knows what to do about them. Not so.
Submissions have been made to government about how to get much-needed transit into cities that have unwisely overbuilt, by using existing land that's right in front of the politicians' noses. Why not use hydro corridors or rights-of-way for above-ground rail transit?
The route they take is often ideal for an above-ground rail system.
Donald Baker, Mississauga, Ont.
Letter to the Editor - the full letter - Oct. 10, 2006
RE: Article “Transit outlook poor: Mayor” & the Editorial “Mutiny on the buses”.
By the comments quoted from Mississauga’s long time Mayor and Councillors it would seem like no one saw the traffic jams, gridlock and transit problems coming and no one knows what to do about them, as we have literally built ourselves into a corner with no way out. Not so!
Submissions have been made to government about how to put in the much needed transit, in Cities that have unwisely over built themselves. Using exist land that is apparently right in front their noses but all they see is just more land to build homes on, to make the situation even worse.
Use hydro corridors or right of ways for above ground rail transit. Hydro corridors are usually quite wide and run into industrial areas as well as crossing major road ways. The route they take is often ideal for an above ground rail system plus it is as close as you can get to the power grid and not be licking lighting. In the case of Mississauga, no lands were set aside for what a real city needs for be a properly functioning city, a rail transit system for mass public transit. Not just to jobs in the City of Mississauga but to near by cities like Toronto.
If you look at a map of Mississauga, you can see a hydro corridor running the full width of the City just above the QEW. The Queensway is apart of the corridor. In this case Hydro is selling off some of these lands and a golden opportunity to link Mississauga to Toronto will be soon lost!
To turn Hydro corridors into rail/transit lines and serve both uses would be a challenge but one that would develop a technology that would be of great value to not just to Ontario's cities but throughout Canada and beyond. Being able to make them sound proof enough for the residential areas they run through to accept them is one of the biggest challenges. By enclosing them to a great degree they become more weather proof too. In Montreal the subway runs on rubber tires which cuts down on the noise as well. Also, if sold off for development, what is a currently a green belt will be lost. This way they can be saved and more hedges and shrubs planted as a natural means to sound proof. A bike trail set along it, for those who wish to commute by bike along it.
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