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The Regional Transportation Plan Review

A review of the GTHA’s first Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), The Big Move, is underway. The review provides an opportunity to take stock of and build on the foundation of Big Move projects. It supports us working together as a region toward the completion of an updated RTP in 2017. The review and update of the RTP will happen in phases, in the context of related provincial plans and policies, including Ontario`s Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, also currently under review.

To read more about the province’s Growth Plan, please visit www.placestogrow.ca.

To read Metrolinx’s comments on the proposed revised Growth Plan, please see the letter from our Chief Planning Officer Leslie Woo to the Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs, Laurie LeBlanc.

2015-2016
2016
2017
Phase 1: Review
Phase 2: Update
Plan consultation and adoption
Background analysis
Research partnerships
Integrate new & existing plans & studies that have been vetted by the RTP Screening Process
Consultation on draft Regional Transportation Plan
  • Update Vision, Goals & Objectives
  • RTP Screening Process
  • Discussion Paper
  • Transportation Network Development
  • Update RTP Strategies
  • Final Updated RTP
  • RTP Implementation Plan (2018-19)

Review of the Regional Transportation Plan

To complete Phase 1 of the review, we have published "Discussion Paper for the Next Regional Transportation Plan". This discussion paper presents an opportunity for all partners and stakeholders in planning, building and implementing the region’s transportation system to reflect on how well it is working today, and how its performance may change in the future.

What is in the Discussion Paper?

We want to start a conversation about developing a shared vision for the region that looks at where we have been, what we need to do and how to get there.

Throughout the paper we ask you to take a look at transportation planning in a regional context and to start thinking about the links between land use and transportation.

We need your input on the following topics – and more:

  • Managing congestion
  • Supporting active transportation
  • Creating safer, more complete streets
  • Moving freight

The input you provide will shape how our communities grow and how we will move around the region in the future.

We also talk about the current transportation investment, what’s working now and how we can make it better, while understanding that we are not able to do everything. Together we need to find a balance between existing infrastructure, current projects and planning for the future.

We invite you to think about the balance between what you want, what you need and what new technology and mobility options can take us to where we want to be as a region in 25 years.

To learn how to comment on the Discussion Paper, please visit the Connect With Us page.

Background Work

The RTP review and update are informed by an extensive base of knowledge, experience and new research. To ensure regional transportation planning decisions continue to be built upon a sound, evidence-based foundation, Metrolinx has conducted new technical research, and worked closely with academics and non-governmental organizations to ensure that the updated strategies and policies take into account the work of leading thinkers from a range of transportation-related fields. We are also working closely with the Ontario government to align with its concurrent coordinated review of four land-use plans, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

To date, work has been undertaken on land use, population and employment forecasts to 2041, sustainability, the transit network, roads & highways, urban freight, public health, active transportation, social equity, the customer experience, and more.

Active Transportation Background Paper. Prepared by Steer Davies Gleave. 2015.

Executive Summary

Full Report

Context Paper on the Regional Economy, Demographic Outlook and Land Use. Prepared by Hemson Consulting Ltd., and IBI Group. 2016.

Executive Summary

Full Report

Draft Updated Vision, Goals & Objectives. Prepared by Metrolinx. 2016.

Full Report

New Mobility Background Paper. Prepared by WSP. 2016.

Conclusions

Full Report

Regional Transportation Plan Legislated Review Backgrounder: Urban Goods Movement. Prepared by David Kriger Consultants Ltd., and CPCS. 2016.

Executive Summary

Full Report

Regional Transportation Plan Review: Transit Needs and Opportunities for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Prepared by IBI Group. 2016.

Executive Summary

Full Report

Shared Mobility in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Prepared by Metrolinx. 2017.

Full Report

The Big Move Baseline Monitoring Report and Supporting Documents. Prepared by Metrolinx. 2014.

Executive Summary

Full Report

The Big Move Priority Action and Supporting Policy Review. Prepared by Metrolinx. 2016.

Full Report

Transportation Demand Management Background Paper. Prepared by Steer Davies Gleave. 2015.

Executive Summary

Full Report

Academic Research to support the review of the RTP
Active Transportation
Equity and Transit Access
Shared Mobility
System and Network Planning
Transportation Demand Management