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
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.
Plan consultation and adoption
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.
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.
Context Paper on the Regional Economy, Demographic Outlook and Land Use. Prepared by Hemson Consulting Ltd., and IBI Group. 2016.
Draft Updated Vision, Goals & Objectives. Prepared by Metrolinx. 2016.
New Mobility Background Paper. Prepared by WSP. 2016.
Regional Transportation Plan Legislated Review Backgrounder: Urban Goods Movement. Prepared by David Kriger Consultants Ltd., and CPCS. 2016.
Regional Transportation Plan Review: Transit Needs and Opportunities for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Prepared by IBI Group. 2016.
Shared Mobility in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Prepared by Metrolinx. 2017.
The Big Move Baseline Monitoring Report and Supporting Documents. Prepared by Metrolinx. 2014.
The Big Move Priority Action and Supporting Policy Review. Prepared by Metrolinx. 2016.
Transportation Demand Management Background Paper. Prepared by Steer Davies Gleave. 2015.
Academic Research to support the review of the RTP