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Road Transportation

Major National Highways

The City of Toronto is designed on a grid system that is easy to navigate by car. Streets in the downtown tend to be smaller arterials, while those away from the core tend to be larger, four to six lane avenues. In response to rapid growth throughout the region, governments at all levels are investing heavily in public transit.

Toronto is connected to the United States and the rest of Canada by a highly developed highway system. For those entering, crossing or leaving the City, the 400 series highway system offers the fastest option. Highway 401 runs from Windsor, Ontario through Toronto to Montreal, Quebec. The section of the 401 that bisects Toronto is the second most travelled superhighway in North America. These highways, along with the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and the Don Valley Parkway (DVP), crisscross the City and allow people, goods and services to move efficiently.

Toronto is also strategically located close to the US border. Cross border truck traffic has increased by an average of 9% a year, for the past 17 years with nearly 80% of all goods traded in Ontario moving by truck. To facilitate this movement, Ontario joined the International Registration Plan (IRP) in 2001.

To move people across the longest open boarder in the world, the Canada and US government have cooperated to create NEXUS. The NEXUS program facilitates the movement of individuals across the Canada-US border, allowing speedier crossings for low-risk, pre-approved travelers into Canada and the United States by automobile.

Map of the existing expressways across the Province of Ontario connecting Toronto to North America.
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