Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is developing a bold new long-range transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). It will look out to 2051 and beyond, and ensure that the transportation system of the future supports continued prosperity and quality of life, and is responsive to current and future environmental, economic and social needs.
The GGH Transportation Plan aims at providing a strategic network that reduces congestion, supports economic growth and job creation, a system that is resilient, and can adapt to climate change and other major shifts in the global context.
What does this mean to you?
Transportation is part of everyone’s life – whether you are getting to school, to work, to medical care, to the arena, to the mall, shipping goods for your business or visiting family and friends. But how will that change in the future? How will people and goods move differently 50 years from today in the face of a rapidly changing society and disruptive technologies that are happening in the GGH and the world around us?
This GGH Transportation Plan will address these questions, with your input.
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The last day to complete the survey is December 23, 2017
December 4, 2017
Download the full Transportation Profile of the GGH.
October 24, 2017
Take the online survey to provide your input on the long-range goals for the transportation system in the GGH
Check out the long-range goals and objectives in PDF
Find out about the streams of engagement that have been established to inform the Plan
View the updated Resources page to learn more about related transportation issues
Why is this important?
Bringing Ontario's goods to market
Ports, airports, intermodal terminals, and land border crossings are the gateways into and out of the GGH and are critical to our regional economy. The GGH is also Canada’s most significant freight distribution hub, and is home to more national distribution centres than anywhere in the country. However, the growth of the GGH is creating new challenges for how these gateways and distribution centres operate. Congestion is a major concern for carriers and shippers, as it affects their ability to move goods quickly and reliably around the GGH. The GGH Transportation Plan will look at trends and innovations in goods movement to address these challenges and support the regional economy.
Promoting healthy lifestyles
The link between transportation and health has been well established. Efficient movement is no longer the only consideration in planning the transportation system; we must also think about supporting the health of the region’s population. 50% of trips in the GGH are under 5 kilometres in length, which means that transportation modes such as walking and cycling are potential options if appropriate infrastructure exists. Supporting more active forms of transportation will be an important strategy to promote greater levels of physical activity, reduce chronic illness from inactivity, improve mobility for people of all ages, and help to increase opportunities for social interaction.
Improving your trip to work
The majority of workers in the GGH commute to work, and most do so by car. The availability of other convenient transportation options varies across the region, and has not always kept up with changing commuting patterns as the region has grown. The result has been increasing congestion on the GGH’s roads, especially during the morning and evening rush hours. The GGH Transportation Plan will look at strategies to provide people with greater choice in how they get to work and reduce pressure on the region’s roads, such as building the GGH’s transit network, improving the efficiency of roads with tools such as “smart” infrastructure, and developing cycling infrastructure.
Providing more sustainable options
Addressing the issue of climate change is a global priority, one that will require a shared effort from all levels of government, people, and industry. The impacts of climate change can be seen across the GGH through increases in average air temperature, precipitation levels, Great Lakes’ temperature, and severe weather events. Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy sets a goal to reduce GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. As of 2015, 33% of all GHG emissions in Ontario came from the transportation sector – the largest share of any sector (Environment and Climate Change Canada, 2017). Supporting zero emission vehicles, making it easier to walk and cycle, and improving the availability of reliable and efficient transit services are actions that can reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector, improving air quality as well as reducing the GGH’s climate impact.
Strengthening global connectivity
The GGH is strategically situated at the crossroads of Canada-US trade, within a day’s drive of approximately 135 million consumers, part of the Ontario-Quebec Trade Corridor, and connecting the only major road and rail routes between eastern and western Canada. It has four airports that offer international or cross-border service, one of which, Pearson International Airport, is the second fastest growing airport in the world. Strengthening global connectivity and movement of people and goods to and from the region is a key component in sustaining the economic prosperity of the GGH.
Supporting complete communities
Complete communities are places that provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to conveniently access most of the necessities for daily living, including an appropriate mix of jobs, local stores and services, a full range of housing, transportation options, and public service facilities. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017, establishes the regional land use policy to support the creation of complete communities. The GGH Transportation Plan will provide the regional transportation policy to support complete communities that offer transportation options for people to meet their daily needs, creating an integrated transportation and land use framework for the GGH.
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We are always looking for the latest news on trends, innovations and best practices in transportation planning as we develop the GGH Transportation Plan. Check out the Resources page for more articles and reports. These resources do not necessarily represent the position of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation or the GGH Study Team.