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Old June 16th, 2014, 04:51 AM   #2821
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It should be noted Ontario has just elected a new government (same as old one), but the fiscal situation is bad. I would expect some useless projects (HOV lane style) and not too much Hwy 17...
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Old June 16th, 2014, 05:06 AM   #2822
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Quebec Autoroute 89/Route Nationale 189 section from St Lawrence coast to NB border is not complete yet
You mean Autoroute 85? Never heard of 89.
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Old June 16th, 2014, 05:09 AM   #2823
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It should be noted Ontario has just elected a new government (same as old one), but the fiscal situation is bad. I would expect some useless projects (HOV lane style) and not too much Hwy 17...
That's all right: it's already possible (and has been for years) to get from Halifax to Vancouver by freeway. You just have to cross the border twice.
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Old June 16th, 2014, 05:43 AM   #2824
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Fiscal situation isn't that bad, The government's key platform policy was infrastructure expansion, so it will happen. exactly how much remains to be seen.

Lots of HOV projects going on in Toronto right now though, you are right. They are going to soon be turned into HOT lanes though, so they sort of pay for themselves. I find them far from useless as well, they are a godsend from my experience.
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Old June 16th, 2014, 05:47 AM   #2825
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That's all right: it's already possible (and has been for years) to get from Halifax to Vancouver by freeway. You just have to cross the border twice.
It's actually a really good idea. I 90/94 for example is underutilized, it would be better for us to just send "trans Canada" traffic that way instead of messing around with our crappy route across the Canadian Shield and the Rockies

If we knew maybe we'd have pushed to set the borderline more south... really what is needed is a Schengen-style border system, but yeah, good luck with this
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Old June 16th, 2014, 09:15 AM   #2826
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Lots of HOV projects going on in Toronto right now though, you are right. They are going to soon be turned into HOT lanes though, so they sort of pay for themselves. I find them far from useless as well, they are a godsend from my experience.
A common criticism of HOV lanes is the fact that they are used by families who would travel together regardless, thus not achieving the point of HOV lanes; reducing the amount of vehicles on the road. Studies found that 40-60% of HOV users are not reducing the amount of vehicle kilometers by traveling together. Of course a private lane is always nice, but that's not the point of HOV lanes.

Another point is declining HOV usage, the amount of carpoolers in Canada declined by 20% between 2006 and 2011. Which makes sense to turn them into tolled express lanes to sell off remaining capacity and improve the usage of existing capacity.
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Old June 16th, 2014, 09:39 AM   #2827
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A common criticism of HOV lanes is the fact that they are used by families who would travel together regardless, thus not achieving the point of HOV lanes; reducing the amount of vehicles on the road. Studies found that 40-60% of HOV users are not reducing the amount of vehicle kilometers by traveling together. Of course a private lane is always nice, but that's not the point of HOV lanes.

Another point is declining HOV usage, the amount of carpoolers in Canada declined by 20% between 2006 and 2011. Which makes sense to turn them into tolled express lanes to sell off remaining capacity and improve the usage of existing capacity.

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Old June 16th, 2014, 09:46 AM   #2828
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Use imgur.com or another photo host site and then copy the image-URL and place it between the img-tags.
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Old June 17th, 2014, 05:19 AM   #2829
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Old June 17th, 2014, 05:58 AM   #2830
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it looks so slight an incline, but it feels so steep...
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Old June 17th, 2014, 05:51 PM   #2831
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I've always like the 1950s span of the skyway.

Did you know that before the Skyway was constructed, a ship struck the old lift bridge, damaging it, causing it to be permanently closed for over a year during the 1950s. During that time all QEW traffic had to be routed through Downtown Hamilton while the lift bridge was replaced.

Construction on the Burlington Skyway (which had been proposed since the 1930s), started shortly thereafter, and opened later in the decade in 1959.

By the way, I have uploaded some new photos of Hwy 7 between Pickering and Brooklin showing the newly widened four lane highway. If anyone is interested, they can be seen here:

http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_7...p2d_images.htm
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Old June 18th, 2014, 11:03 PM   #2832
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Alberta Highway 43

  • Writing a new chapter in Alberta’s Transportation history
  • Throughout summer and fall 2014, crews will complete the final 20-kilometre stretch of twinning on Highway 43 through the Sturgeon Lake Reserve. This $78-million project completes the four-laning of Highway 43 between Grande Prairie and Edmonton.
  • By this fall, motorists travelling Highway 43 will be able to drive 432 kilometres on a completely twinned, divided highway from Grande Prairie to Edmonton. Once open to traffic by fall 2014, this stretch completes the twinning of the CANAMEX Trade Corridor between Grande Prairie and the Alberta-Montana border at Coutts.
  • By extension, this route will allow vehicles to travel from Grande Prairie to the US border and onto San Diego, California non-stop on four lanes or more of divided highway.

http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/5672.htm
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Old June 19th, 2014, 10:54 AM   #2833
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It's actually a really good idea. I 90/94 for example is underutilized, it would be better for us to just send "trans Canada" traffic that way instead of messing around with our crappy route across the Canadian Shield and the Rockies
That would be fine if there wasn't a border, but it's become a royal pain in the ass. I only cross it when I absolutely have to. My trips to the US are down about 90% since 9-11.
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  • By extension, this route will allow vehicles to travel from Grande Prairie to the US border and onto San Diego, California non-stop on four lanes or more of divided highway.
Of course, non-stop on four lanes still involves a few stops, as there are traffic signals along AB-4 southeast of Lethbridge.
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Lethbridge badly needs a bypass.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 09:11 PM   #2836
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That would be fine if there wasn't a border, but it's become a royal pain in the ass. I only cross it when I absolutely have to. My trips to the US are down about 90% since 9-11.
That's too bad.

Another argument for a North American Schengen.

Talking of, I was just talking over lunch with a friend who's trying to choose between Toronto and Montreal for his next weekend-in-a-new-city. The question of where it's easier to cross the border came up. (Personally, that's not what would make me decide, but it's not my trip...) Only places I've crossed since 9/11 are at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle and Jackman. Are Niagara-area crossings significantly better or worse than the former, and is there one that's better to use...?
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That's too bad.

Another argument for a North American Schengen.

Talking of, I was just talking over lunch with a friend who's trying to choose between Toronto and Montreal for his next weekend-in-a-new-city. The question of where it's easier to cross the border came up. (Personally, that's not what would make me decide, but it's not my trip...) Only places I've crossed since 9/11 are at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle and Jackman. Are Niagara-area crossings significantly better or worse than the former, and is there one that's better to use...?
If I have the time, when I cross into Michigan from Ontario, I tend to cross at either of the two ferries that make the short jaunt across the St. Clair River south of Sarnia/Port Huron. The border guards tend to be fairly friendly, and there isn't much in the way of lines.

Crossing the border is a pain in the ass for sure, but I have never found it enough of a pain in the ass to alter my travel plans.
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Hmmm. There was talk at some point of a ferry between Rochester and Toronto. Did that ever happen?
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Hmmm. There was talk at some point of a ferry between Rochester and Toronto. Did that ever happen?
It operated between 2004 and 2005, but was never financially viable:

http://rocwiki.org/Fast_Ferry
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I watch Trucker Josh on Youtube and he crosses the U.S.-Canadian border all the time at various locations, but there never seems to be a line of vehicles.
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