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Strategy #2 of the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) identified a full range of transit projects needed to meet growth in what was referred to as the Frequent Rapid Transit Network (FRTN). Starting in the Fall of 2018, Metrolinx worked with municipal stakeholders and the Ministry of Transportation to develop a Prioritization Framework for evaluating and building evidence around unfunded FRTN projects. At its February 20, 2020 meeting, the Metrolinx Board of Directors endorsed the FRTN Prioritization Framework.

Key objectives of the Prioritization Framework include:

  • Evaluating and grouping unfunded FRTN transit projects to inform sequencing of Metrolinx business case analysis
  • Establishing an annual review process to regularly update project information and re-evaluate results
  • Developing an objective evidence base that is aligned with the Metrolinx Business Case Guidance

The Framework and its Outputs

The Framework and its Outputs

The evaluation process was built around three fundamental criteria: value for money, optimizing network connectivity, and readiness for implementation. As shown above, projects were assigned into High scoring, Medium scoring, and Refine and Monitor groupings based on scores in the three main criteria.

The Prioritization Framework’s outputs will be one input that will further inform what projects Metrolinx should consider next for more detailed business case analysis. The Framework establishes a structured project evaluation platform to annually grow information and revisit the case for each unfunded FRTN project.

Advancing Transit Priorities: 2019 FRTN Prioritization Framework