About the Study
The Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) is the urban region centred around the City of Toronto, located at the western end of Lake Ontario. It stretches north to Georgian Bay and south to Lake Erie. Home to 9 million people and 4.5 million jobs, the GGH is the economic engine of Ontario and one of the fastest growing regions in North America.
The GGH Transportation Plan will consider a range of transportation options including trucks, cars, transit, railways, cycling and walking, as well as new and emerging mobility models and technologies. The benefit of a multimodal plan is that it can help to identify how the various modes can be integrated so that they work together to provide improved mobility and transportation choice for people and goods within the GGH.
The GGH Transportation Plan is a long-term planning initiative. It will include a new 2051 Transportation System Plan and supporting policies, as well as a long term transportation vision for the year 2071.
The foundation for the study will be developed by identifying existing conditions, trends and outlooks that will influence the transportation needs of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) over the long term. This work will inform the development of future alternative scenarios for how the GGH might look and function in 2071.
Three Study Area Profiles will be developed as part of the foundational work:
- Transportation Profile – an overview of the GGH transportation system, its travel patterns and network conditions, how they evolved, as well as current provincial and municipal plans and policies that shape transportation
- Socio-economic Profile – an overview of the trends and forecasts for population, economy and land use in the GGH
- Environmental Profile – an overview of existing environmental conditions, including major environmental features, natural heritage features, federal and provincial policies including Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan
Five very long range distinct scenarios will be developed to understand how the needs of the GGH transportation network might change over time. The five scenarios will be assessed to identify the general characteristics of the transportation network that perform best across the range of scenarios.
Using learnings from the scenario analysis, and extensive engagement, a series of long term goals and objectives for the GGH transportation network will be developed. Building on the goals and objectives, a long term vision for 2071 will be prepared. It will thus be informed by the outcomes of the scenario assessment process.
The vision and lessons learned from the scenario assessment will be used to identify any gaps in the current planning for the 2041 transportation network. It will also be used to inform the development of a 2051 transportation network, associated land use options, and policy recommendations to achieve the long term vision.
The final Multimodal Transportation Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe will contain the following major components:
- the 2041 multimodal transportation system (including a HOV-HOT Network);
- the 2051 optimal transportation system with supporting policies and priorities; and
- the 2071 long term goals and objectives, vision and aspirational strategies.
Overall Study Process
There will be public and stakeholder engagement
opportunities throughout the study process.
The following materials will be prepared as part of the GGH Multimodal Transportation Plan.
An overview of the trends and forecasts for population, economy and land uses in the GGH.