Ambassador Bridge TV ads, Transport Action Ontario comments
The Ontario Trucking Association is critical of TV commercials from Ambassador Bridge owners. The OTA applauds the construction of a highway to jobs and prosperity, the industry group said on July 25.
The Ambassador Bridge ad is here.
"The OTA criticism of the "blatant self-interest” advanced in the TV ads is a clear example of the pot calling the kettle black," says Natalie Litwin, Transport Action Ontario president emeritus.
"The Ontario Trucking Association promotes the Detroit River International Crossing and the Windsor-Essex Parkway despite irrefutable evidence that the project is a $5.2 billion boondoggle. Traffic counts have been down on the existing privately-owned Ambassador Bridge and related crossings for over a decade as are wait times for vehicles," Litwin says.
"The State of Michigan, despite a $550 million bribe from Canada, has been wisely dragging its feet on building its portion of the bridge. Truckers want a new taxpayer-paid bridge so they can continue their diesel-spewing parade through the Windsor area unimpeded," Litwin says.
"Jobs and prosperity are desirable, but are not justification for unnecessary infrastructure. Jobs can come from the Ambassador Bridge owners’ replacement span, improving traffic flow on Huron Church Road, as well as upgrading the crossings with 21st century rail and transit," Litwin says.
Transport Action Ontario has consistently opposed the Detroit River International Crossing project. The group has worked with the Sierra Club and EcoJustice to encourage a better solution for Windsor.