Please refer to this list to find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the GGH Multimodal Transportation Study. If you have a different question, let us know at the email address below.
Q1: Why do we need a multimodal transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe?
The Ministry of Transportation strives to be a world leader in moving people and goods safely, efficiently and sustainably to support a globally competitive economy and a high quality of life. Over the next 25 years the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) will grow to 13.5 million people. An overarching transportation plan for the GGH will identify the necessary actions and help MTO and the Province optimize the significant investments being made to address mobility and congestion in the GGH. It will guide and support all of the Province’s transportation investment decisions and coordinate strategic planning across the region for the next 30 years and beyond.
Q2: What modes of transportation will be considered?
The GGH Transportation Plan will consider all modes of transportation, including roads and highways, railways, air, marine, public transit, cycling and walking for all ages and abilities. The study will also look at new and emerging mobility models and technologies, such as automated and connected vehicles and drone technology.
Q3: What’s different about the GGH Transportation Plan?
As part of the GGH Transportation Plan, MTO will go beyond traditional demand forecasting and analysis and will look ahead 50+ years to identify and assess future transportation issues and opportunities, including the potential impact of major shifts in economic structure, environmental conditions, and technology.
We are taking a new, visionary approach to make sure the plan will be resilient to rapidly changing society and disruptive technologies.
Q4: When will the plan be completed?
The GGH planning work will take place over three years and is anticipated to be completed in 2018.
Q5: The Province is currently undertaking a coordinated review of 4 provincial land use plans, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Greenbelt Plan. How does this relate to the coordinated review?
MTO is a full participant in the coordinated review process and the development of transportation updates and potential amendments to the provincial plans (The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, The Greenbelt Plan, The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan).
The GGH Transportation Plan is a longer-term planning initiative to inform and support the Province’s transportation investments in the Greater Golden Horseshoe for the next 30 years.
Q6: How is the GGH Plan related to the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan?
The GGH Transportation Plan will help the Province optimize its investments, and provide municipalities and Metrolinx with strategic directions on transportation planning that are coordinated in a broader geography.
In the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), the GGH Transportation Plan will build on many of the excellent policies/strategies in the RTP (metrolinx.com/en/regionalplanning/rtp/review.aspx), particularly for transit, and will also assess the appropriateness/applicability of expanding similar transit or active transportation strategies to the rest of the GGH.
MTO will work closely with Metrolinx in the development of the GGH Transportation Plan.