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Resources

Regional Map

The map below shows key components of the current GGH transportation network. Click on the map to zoom in and explore the study context.

Existing Transportation Conditions - map

Provincial Resources

The GGH Transportation Plan will be aligned with and will build upon other Provincial initiatives, including the following:

Provincial Policy Statement, 2014

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017.

The Regional Natural Heritage System for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe: Summary of Criteria and Methods

Greenbelt Plan, 2017

Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, 2017

Niagara Escarpment Plan, 2017

Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan

Ministry of Transportation Transit-Supportive Guidelines

Ministry of Transportation Freight-Supportive Guidelines

 

Agency Resources

Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario with the mandate to provide leadership in coordinating and integrating transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, particularly for regional transit. Metrolinx is currently updating its Regional Transportation Plan.

Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan

Discussion Paper for the Next Regional Transportation Plan in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Metrolinx.

Shared Mobility in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area – A Backgrounder on industry trends and a summary of stakeholder discussions, Metrolinx.

Urban Goods Movement – Technical Paper 5 to support the Discussion Paper for the Next Regional Transportation Plan, Metrolinx.

 

Other Resources

We are looking at a wide variety of trends, innovations and best practices in transportation planning as we develop the GGH Transportation Plan. Here are some interesting articles and reports that provide food for thought related to a number of transportation topics. These resources do not necessarily represent the position of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation or the GGH Study Team.

Active Transportation

Designing and planning for all seasons is a crucial element to creating resilient and livable cities, especially in Canada. Former City of Vancouver Chief Planner, Brent Toderian, considers how winter city design solutions affect a city’s walkability.

Frightful Winter Weather Doesn’t Scare Walkable Cities (Brent Toderian).

WalkScore is a website that strives to help people find apartments that meet their needs in terms of access to transportation, services, and amenities. In this article, WalkScore expands on their approach on what makes a neighbourhood walkable and the benefits that occur as a result.

Walkable Neighbourhoods.

Often pointed to as an innovative leader in cycling infrastructure, The Netherlands recently created an 18-kilometre bicycle highway, improving the speed and ease of the active transportation commute.

Cruising a Superhighway Built for Bikes (Laura Bliss).

Efforts to reduce automobile dependency can only be successful if there are viable alternative transportation modes. This Globe and Mail article explores lessons from Copenhagen and how the City is planning streets for moving people rather than moving cars.

What bicycle-friendly Copenhagen can teach us about commuting (Matt Bubbers).

Transit

Planning transit investments is always a challenge in that the future brings emerging technologies, shifting perspectives and inherent uncertainty. This interview with Caroline Bos, urban planner and co-founder of UNStudio, discusses design considerations and strategies that contribute to the future-proofing of railway stations, metro hubs, and bus terminals.

Planning the Transit Hubs of the Future (Feargus O’Sullivan).

Public transit consultant Jarrett Walker explores the basics of the geometry and economics of transit. In this article, he presents his logic behind transferring or connecting transit services.

“Transferring” Can Be Good for You, and Good for Your City (Jarrett Walker).

Transportation Safety

Vision Zero is a Swedish initiative with the goal of bringing traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero. This article proposes that the secret to improving safety is designing a transportation system that accounts for human error.

Making errors part of the equation.

New Technologies

Mobility as a service (MaaS) is a user-centered digital mobility strategy being piloted in several cities around the world that allows for the planning of efficient and convenient door-to-door trips. In this article, the authors illustrate the core elements of MaaS, the strategy’s increasing global presence, and how it can be implemented.

The rise of mobility as a service (Warwick Goodall, Tiffany Dovey Fishman, Justine Bornstein, and Brett Bonthron).

The first Mobility as a Service launch took place in February 2016 in Hannover, Germany. This article discusses the basics of the service, allowing users to determine their most convenient transportation journey.

World’s First Example of Mobility as a Service now live in Hannover.

Emerging technologies such as car-sharing services and smartphone navigation technology are changing transportation networks and mobility. This article considers the impacts of emerging technologies on a shift in transportation thinking in Australia.

Disruption ahead: personal mobility is breaking down old transport divides (Travis Waller).

Autonomous vehicles are becoming an increasingly prominent future reality in cities around the world. An important consideration to address in the uptake of AVs is how they will impact and integrate with municipalities’ public transit systems. This article highlights the ideas developed by four finalist teams in a competition to imagine the future of autonomous transit in New York City.

4 Teams Selected to Envision the Future of Autonomous Transit in NYC.

In this report, the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management explores four alternative future scenarios in representative US metropolitan areas in 2030. The scenarios shed light on potential future circumstances given current and anticipated technological innovations and what these shifts mean for the effective planning and functioning of transportation systems.

Re-Programming Mobility: The Digital Transformation of Transportation in the United States (Dr. Anthony Townsend).

Sustainable Transportation

This article features an interview with Greg Lindsay, author, futurist, and non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative. Greg Lindsay answers questions on the role of sustainable transportation planning in addressing the challenges and technologies of the future.

On the Move: Disruptive Transportation Models of the Future.

Goods Movement

The emissions created from freight or goods movement are a hindrance to Canada’s efforts to confront climate change. This report details the current context of freight in Canada and proposes action that can be taken to reduce the sector’s environmental impacts.

The State of Freight: Understanding greenhouse gas emissions from goods movement in Canada (Bora Plumptre, Eli Angen, and Dianne Zimmerman, The Pembina Foundation).

While autonomous vehicles are commonly discussed for passenger transportation, they also have the potential to be used for the movement of goods. This report from UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Centre envisions the automation of freight and goods movement, specifically trucking, from 2014 to 2050.

Automation in Freight and Goods Movement in Trucking (Elliot W. Martin).

Research and experimentation is currently in progress to explore the potential for using drones to deliver packages. Amazon is playing a role in this research investigating considerations such as weather conditions and obstacle avoidance.

Amazon takes critical step toward drone delivery (Jonathan Camhi).

The landscape of goods movement in Canada is shifting as a greater share of merchandise trade is being transported by sea and air ports. This article, written by Jacques Roy of the Department of Logistics and Operations Management at HEC Montréal, examines trends in goods movement over the previous ten years, while offering an assessment of how well Canada’s transportation infrastructure is supporting the country’s two-way international trade.

By Road, Rail, Sea and Air: The Role of Transportation Networks in Moving Canada’s Merchandise Trade (Jacques Roy)

As airports continue to play a larger role in e-commerce and global supply chains, new real estate patterns are emerging. This article, released by GWL Realty Advisors, offers insights into the Canadian air-cargo industry, and the industrial buildings required to support the movement of high-value goods.

Air Cargo Supply Chains and the Changing Dynamics of Airports