Task force formed to tackle transportation in Southwestern Ontario

·1 min read

A new provincial task force has been set up to determine how transportation will work in Southwestern Ontario going forward.

The Southwestern Ontario Transportation Task Force is being led by London Mayor Ed Holder, with Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens as vice-chair.

The committee has been tasked with advising Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney on transportation, roads and transit needs in the region.

That includes the prioritization of a draft master plan released last year. That plan includes 40 recommendations including widening Hwy. 3 to Leamington and improving local public transit and train service between communities.

The Ministry of Transportation confirmed to CBC News that preliminary work is underway along parts of Hwy. 3 to widen the road.

"Windsor is the focal point of so much goods movement, but we are also part of a broader area which is increasingly facing inter-regional transit and transportation challenges," Dilkens said in a statement.