Stop the Metrolinx Bus Rapid Transit in Highland Creek

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The proposed Metrolinx Bus Rapid Transit service on Ellesmere Road will destroy the Highland Creek community with no benefit to residents. The centre median approach will block all left-hand turns to/from driveways and side streets on Ellesmere. U-turns at signalized intersections or re-routing through neighbourhoods will be required for you to get to where you're trying to go; your home, to work, the grocery store. Existing Highland Creek transit users will gain nothing as most stops will need to continue to be serviced by existing TTC services; the frequency of which is expected to be reduced. Buses will now be occupying both dedicated bus lanes and curb lanes.

The minimal time savings for riders on this section of Ellesmere with this proposal vs. buses in mixed traffic does not warrant the significant negative impact to the residents that live here and that will have to deal with this forever.

Residents will have to deal with the construction to widen Ellesmere, move services (hydro, sewers and catch basins, fire hydrants). Not to mention the cutting down of hundreds of mature trees.

This is an unnecessary waste of taxpayers hard-earned money that could be put to better use elsewhere.

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