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Old June 14th, 2006, 02:21 AM   #341
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The highways (specialy 401) near Toronto, are amazing with more than 14 lanes.
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Old June 14th, 2006, 03:45 AM   #342
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I am amazed that a member of the public can speak authoritatively about the plans of the provincial government in the matter of roads. First, it implies that the government has an actual and firm long term plan that's not going to change, and secondly, that they share that with the public. I don't know about Ontario, maybe things are different there, ... certainly their existing road system is far more advanced than in BC. But here no one can say really what the BC Govt's plans are for highways since the government itself hasn't a clue, except of course for whatever project they are working on at the moment, and usually even those are flexible to some degree depending on political feedback.
Governments almost always have a long term plan for highways. Typically they plan for 30 to 40 years in the future, as freeway overpasses last quite a long time, and governments are never to eager to replace an overpass without it reaching its full lifespan. I would be quite surprised if BC is actually as last minute as you say when it comes to highway planning. BC's gateway project for instance includes transportation planning for the next 25-30 years. Finally, while planning studies might not always be the most readily available documents, they are available to the public (we do pay for them after all), so long as you find the right people to talk to.

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Old June 14th, 2006, 08:57 PM   #343
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"I really don't see why everyone likes these highways so much... I mean, the only good thing about the 401 are views through North York (which are underrepresented by photos here). The DVP and Gardiner on the other hand are great."



Actually, the good thing about the 401 (and it's primary function) is to funnel goods and people to and from north america, along the Quebec-Windsor corridor....which requires massive amounts of both. It's all the local commuting that makes it a mess.

The DVP and Gardiner are just for moving people in and around downtown, without actually going through it.







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Old June 14th, 2006, 10:24 PM   #344
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Actually, the good thing about the 401 (and it's primary function) is to funnel goods and people to and from north america, along the Quebec-Windsor corridor....which requires massive amounts of both. It's all the local commuting that makes it a mess.
Well yeah, thats obvious enough, I meant that more in the visual sense
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Old June 15th, 2006, 02:04 AM   #345
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While we're on the subect of highways, here's some video taken on the DVP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odn4y...elated&search=
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Old June 21st, 2006, 01:16 AM   #346
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Those highways look a lot like highways in the metropolitan area of Puerto Rico
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Old July 5th, 2006, 04:45 PM   #347
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maybe toronto should widen other freeways.....

Personally, I think that Toronto should widen their freeways[especially the 401; more lanes are drastically needed ] in order to accomodate their vehicle usage!
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Old July 6th, 2006, 02:19 AM   #348
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[img]http://pro.******************/UG001246.jpg?size=67&uid={bad913c5-cb03-4f49-ab98-7f0fe99718bc}[/img]
Do people seriously think that this kind of thing is good? This is apocolyptic - literally. More of this is one of the worst visions of the future I could envisage. Look at the land area this takes up, think of the fumes going into the atmosphere and into drivers lungs and think of the ammount of fossil fuels that are being wasted by those hundreds of cars just sitting there. It's a doomsday scenario! No wonder Bush won't sign up to Kyoto.
Well, toll booths are good to encourage less driving.
That thing costs $5 every time you pass through!
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Old July 9th, 2006, 05:30 AM   #349
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californias cars are much cleaner than other cars. they have a state law that majkes them cleaner
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Old July 9th, 2006, 08:13 PM   #350
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The 401's bad, but there aren't that many like that in the city. It's better in most other North American cities.
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Old July 10th, 2006, 12:09 AM   #351
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Old July 10th, 2006, 08:24 AM   #352
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More pictures of "suburban sydney"







dude, i dont know why, but i love US-75 through Dallas. For some reason, it's probably one of my favorite, if not the favorite freeways I've driven on, haha.
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Old July 10th, 2006, 08:25 AM   #353
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Well, toll booths are good to encourage less driving.
That thing costs $5 every time you pass through!
....apparently doesnt encourage it too much, hehe
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Old July 10th, 2006, 08:59 AM   #354
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The Light Horse Interchange on the outskirts of Sydney is where the M7 crosses with the M4.

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Warringah Freeway:


Note the entrance to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel in the middle.
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Old July 10th, 2006, 09:03 AM   #355
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This is more mindblowing than anything I've seen here...

Anyone know where this pic was taken?
As someone else said it was obviously during a hurricane evacuation, they almost always make the highways 1 way when that happens. My guess is near Miami?
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Old July 11th, 2006, 06:58 PM   #356
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all these highways....and still the gridlock
what happened to tearing down the gardiner?
how would they replace such an arterial expressway
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Old July 12th, 2006, 01:45 AM   #357
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Anyone know where this pic was taken?
As someone else said it was obviously during a hurricane evacuation, they almost always make the highways 1 way when that happens. My guess is near Miami?
Houston before Hurricane Rita

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Do people seriously think that this kind of thing is good?
He didnt say it was good-just that it is.
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Old July 12th, 2006, 02:37 AM   #358
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lol @ comparing highways

i think the 401 is the best highway because it serves the purpose of a highway the best, TO GO TO WORK OR HOME! people are saying its like driving through a feild and i read somewhere that somebody thought we made it big to show off.......*shakes head*

since when did a highway become something of amusement? do you use a highway to drive in a relatively straight lane to work and back or to see a nice view of some planted forest? or even to go through a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns? come on people....
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Old July 12th, 2006, 03:03 AM   #359
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the 401 is North America's Busiest Highway
and you are only looking at its mississauga segment
it goes through most/all of Canada's largest and most important cities/towns
hence its large volume

[WEST] Detroit, USA
- Windsor
- London
- Waterloo/Kitchener
- Mississauga
- Toronto
- Trenton
- Kingston
- 416 To Ottawa [Capital Territory]
- ONtario/Quebec Provincial boundary [Name Changes to Autoroute 20 because Quebec is mainly french speaking]
-Montreal
-Quebec City
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consult a road map for further cities that lie on the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway

well since I use it quite frequently, I frankly dont think its mind-blowing..
but it is the busiest in NA
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Old July 13th, 2006, 01:05 AM   #360
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haha yeah, i think the canadians made it the only freeway going in that direction so that they could have something to rant about, stupid idea really, why dont they just make more freeways going in that direction. everyone knows that when freeways become wide after a certain point each lane added makes things slower rather than faster.

This is just the stupidest comment ever. If you have a little knowledge about Canada you would realise there is no practical nor economical use to build more freeways in that direction. Toronto happens to be an enormous city, and thus needs to cope with many people entering the city. Since the whole western world is driving cars big cities need big freeways. Furthermore, Canada is empty. It's endless and empty, so why build roads? For the local fauna to graze on? You don't build freeways for just a few people. Canada is a huge country but only has a pop of somewhere over 30 million if I'm not mistaking, so theres no need for more asphalt. It's such a simple thing to conclude.


Answer to your question: Canadians don't build more freeways in that direction because there's almost nobody to drive on them.


P.S: Extra lanes don't make freeways slower, it's on- and off-ramps that do.

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