COMMIT TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
The best transportation systems and transportation plans are informed by the best available data
and research. Many information gaps currently remain in the GTHA, particularly with respect to
the movement of goods within the region. As
the RTP is being implemented, it will be
important to continue to improve our
understanding of transportation issues, and
the factors that affect our success. The ability
to offer innovative new programs over time
will require increased local knowledge and
understanding of transportation issues.
The Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS) is a
travel survey conducted in the Greater Golden
Horseshoe once every five years. Approximately
five per cent of the households in the region are
surveyed by telephone with questions pertaining
to mode choice, trip purpose, trip timing, trip
origin and destination, and other related issues.
This data is an invaluable resource to
One shortcoming of the TTS is that it counts walking
and bicycling trips only if they are undertaken for
work purposes. Walking and bicycling trips for other
purposes, such as going to school, shopping and
visiting friends, are not counted. As a result, these
modes are systematically undercounted and
information about their use for non-commute trips is
lacking, which hampers efforts to match the supply
of walking and biking facilities with the demand.
combine their pick-up with other trips.
10.1 Establish a Centre of Excellence for
Transportation in the GTHA.
10.2 Improve the coordination and
standardization of transportation data
collection, forecasting and modelling.
This could include:
- expansion of the Transportation
Tomorrow Survey (TTS) to gather
more detailed information on active
- analysis of global and regional
- development of a leading edge activity-based transportation demand model that can
serve as a common base for modelling throughout the region, by all stakeholders;
- analysis of socio-demographic dimensions of travel behaviour, and trends;
- analysis of trip assignment methodologies;
- analysis of transportation-land use integration; and
- analysis of effects of induced travel and congestion on emissions.
10.3 Develop a long-range land protection and/or acquisition strategy to accommodate future
transportation needs. This strategy should:
- identify and accommodate future needs for active transportation, transit, roads,
highways and goods movement, including the requirements for corridors, stations,
intermodal facilities and other elements of the network;
- review all public land holdings for possible applicability to RTP projects;
- establish a process to review RTP needs prior to the disposal of any publicly owned
- identify provincial and municipal tools that are necessary to protect lands for future
10.4 In collaboration with TransLink in Vancouver, the Agence Métropolitaine de Transport in
Montréal, and other partners, identify common approaches to prioritizing transportation
projects, including linking regional to national transportation benefits.
10.5 Consult with private and public partners, post-secondary institutions, and others to expand
the body of research related to the links between transportation and public health, socioeconomic
conditions, economic competitiveness and the environment, and on clean fuel
technologies and green vehicles.
10.6 Gather and disseminate knowledge about best practices in regional transportation
planning, drawing on examples from similar organizations in comparable regions such as
Agence Métropolitaine de Transport in the Montréal area, TransLink in the Vancouver
region, Transport for London in England, and Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg
10.7 In collaboration with the province, the Transportation Association of Canada, the Institute
of Transportation Engineers, municipalities and other relevant stakeholders, expand and
recalibrate road design standards and practices for more compact and fuel-efficient
vehicles. Over time, replace demand-driven standards with those that recognize
pedestrian, cycling and transit priority, as needed, to shift dependency away from single
10.8 Metrolinx will explore options, for the Province of Ontario’s consideration, to create a GTHA
Green Transportation Sector Initiative in collaboration with the federal and provincial levels
of government, the post-secondary education sector and others, that would foster a madein-
the-GTHA resource and talent pool to implement the RTP.