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GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The vision for the Regional Transportation Plan describes where we want to be in 25 years. To guide progress towards the vision, a set of goals and related objectives has been developed. These are presented in the table below. It should be noted that many of the objectives will help to achieve more than one goal. The goals and objectives are intended to provide guidance for decision-making and planning at all levels.

TABLE 1: GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN

GOALS
OBJECTIVES
 

A. Transportation Choices: People will have a wide range of options available to them for getting around regardless of age, means or ability, including walking, cycling, public transit and automobiles.

  1. Increased transportation options for accessing a range of destinations
  2. Improved accessibility for seniors, children and individuals with special needs and at all income levels
  3. Decreased need for travel, particularly over long distances and at rush hour
 
 

B. Comfort and Convenience: There will be a strong emphasis on the traveller. Getting around will be more convenient with coordinated information, facilities, operations and pricing; more comfort and less crowding; and the highest standard of customer service across the system. Uncertainty regarding travel times and delays will be reduced.

  1. Improved transportation experience and travel time reliability
  2. Faster, more frequent and less crowded transit
  3. Improved information, including realtime information, available to people to plan their trips
  4. Region-wide integrated fare structure and collection, and schedule coordination
 
 

C. Active and Healthy Lifestyles: Walking and cycling will be attractive and realistic choices for all, including children and seniors.

  1. Increased share of trips by walking and cycling
 
 

D. Safe and Secure Mobility: Getting around will be safer and more secure. Parents will feel comfortable allowing and encouraging their children to walk, cycle or take public transit to school.

  1. Continued progress towards zero casualties and injuries on all transportation modes
  2. Improved real and perceived traveller safety, especially for women, children and seniors
  3. Improved safety for cyclists and pedestrians
 
 

E. Fairness and Transparency: Citizens will be active partners in shaping the future transportation system. Decisionmaking will be transparent and inclusive.

  1. Increased engagement in the planning and financing of the transportation system from a diverse group of citizens
 
 

F. A Smaller Carbon Footprint and Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The transportation system will operate sustainably within the capacities of – and in balance with – the GTHA’s ecosystems. GHGs and other harmful emissions related to transportation will be reduced.

  1. Decreased use of non-renewable resources
  2. Significant contribution to the achievement of the transportationrelated GHG reduction targets of Go Green: Ontario’s Action Plan for Climate Change.
  3. Improved air quality, and reduced impacts on human health
 
 

G. Reduced Dependence on Non- Renewable Resources: By reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources, the transportation system will be more resilient. We will be better able to withstand volatility in energy supply and prices, and have more flexibility to switch to new fuels and technologies.

  1. Increased proportion of trips taken by transit, walking and cycling
  2. Improved energy efficiency, including increased use of clean vehicles and green technologies
  3. Reduced use of out-of-province energy sources
 
 

H. Foundation of an Attractive and Well- Planned Region: The transportation system will be a cornerstone of city building, helping to create a region that is a destination of choice for new residents and businesses. The transportation system will help us create valuable, beautiful and attractive places. Roads, streets, transit lines and stations will be designed to benefit both travellers and local residents. The transportation system itself will use less space, and help curb sprawl by supporting more compact and efficient urban forms. Transportation services, particularly transit, will not lag behind population and employment growth.

  1. Reduced consumption of land for urban development
  2. Reduced negative impacts on our agricultural and natural systems
  3. More transit and pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, and improved walking and cycling amenities
  4. Greater prevalence across the region of transit-supportive densities and urban design
 
 

I. Foundation of an Attractive and Well- Planned Region: Prosperity and Competitiveness: The transportation system will respond efficiently and equitably to the needs of the Ontario economy. It will create opportunities for greater prosperity throughout the region and support Ontario in becoming a leader in attracting the best and the brightest from around the world, especially for new green jobs in the transportation sector. Deliveries, imports and exports will be faster and more reliable thanks to a more efficient, integrated and coordinated transportation system. Residents will be able to get to a greater number of jobs.

  1. Lower average trip time for people and goods
  2. Greater reliability of the freight and passenger systems
  3. Managed congestion
 
 

J. Multi-Modal Integration: The transportation system will be fully integrated. It will be easy to make a decision on how to get somewhere or ship something thanks to seamless integration, accurate and timely information, and prices determined in a transparent manner.

  1. Reduced delays, damage and costs in transferring goods from one mode to another, and more seamless regionwide services for travellers and service providers
 
 

K. Interconnectedness: The GTHA transportation system will be wellconnected to surrounding regions, the rest of Canada and the world.

  1. Improved connections and service within the GTHA and to/from interregional, inter-provincial, and international terminals and facilities
 
 

L. Efficiency and Effectiveness: The transportation system will be designed to optimize the use of resources and provide better value to households, businesses and governments. Greater emphasis will be placed on moving people and goods, rather than vehicles.

  1. Increased prevalence of Transportation Demand Management practices
  2. Improved value of transportation investment and spending for households, businesses and governments
  3. Optimized use of all travel rights-of-way by commercial vehicles through a range of incentives and disincentives
  4. Increased productivity of the transportation system
 
 

M. Fiscal Sustainability: Funding to build and operate the new and existing system will be sufficient, reliable and predictable. Technology and infrastructure will be selected that promotes system productivity and safety, reduces ongoing operating and maintenance costs, and ensures integration across the system.

  1. Sufficient, reliable and predictable funding sources for transportation investments
  2. Technical rigour and transparency in the selection and prioritization of major projects
  3. Increased financial self-sufficiency of transportation infrastructure and projects
  4. Competitive shipping cost structure
  5. Fair and effective fiscal treatment of various modes that better reflects the cost of transportation services in the prices paid by users
  6. Minimized direct and indirect economic losses due to accidents
 
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