Greater Golden Horseshoe transportation plan

ERO number
013-1515
Notice type
Policy
Posted by
Ministry of Transportation
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
October 24, 2017 - December 23, 2017 (60 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
October 24, 2017
to December 23, 2017

Decision summary

While the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) Transportation Plan for 2051 is still under development, this posting is being closed. The input from this notice that originated from 2017 informed the development of a comprehensive range of transportation planning goals and objectives that is providing guiding direction for the plan.

Decision details

We are developing a long-term transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) until 2051, which will ensure our future transportation system supports continued prosperity and quality of life.

The GGH region is a fast-growing area in North America and will continue to grow over the next 30 years. It is a global destination for people and businesses seeking a high quality of life and economic opportunities. To address significant change, including technological innovation, e-commerce and aging demographics, we need to build a transportation system that can accommodate growing demand.

Results from previous surveys and comments along with extensive stakeholder input received to date has informed the development of a comprehensive range of transportation planning goals and objectives to provide guiding direction for the plan. We are planning for a transportation system that is:​

  • Connected: Offers fast, frequent and reliable options to move people and goods.​
  • Integrated: Supports complete communities and coordinates transportation with jobs, services and housing.​
  • Economically Responsible: Optimizes resources and applies cost effective solutions.​
  • Prosperous: Supports economic growth and the efficient movement of people and goods.​
  • Equitable: Is affordable, accessible and inclusive to all users.​
  • Environmentally Sustainable: Protects our environment and minimizes environmental impact.​
  • Safe & Healthy: Supports active, safe, and healthy living.​
  • Resilient: Ensures a robust and redundant network adaptable to future shocks.​
  • User Focused, Smart & Secure: Uses data and technology to promote and enable efficient travel while protecting privacy.

As we continue to develop the GGH Transportation Plan, a registry posting for a new online survey is available. Your feedback will help us develop the GGH Transportation Plan and learn which transportation priorities are most important to you. 

Visit the GGH Transportation Plan website to find more information.

Comments received

Through the registry

2

By email

3

By mail

1
View comments submitted through the registry

Effects of consultation

We received a total of 1,663 completed surveys during the posting period and six comments through the consultation process held on the registry.

Results from the surveys and comments, as well as extensive stakeholder input received to date through other channels has informed the development of the comprehensive range of transportation planning goals and objectives, which are guiding the current overall plan development.

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Contact

Jin Wang

Phone number
Office
System Planning Office, System Planning Branch, Integrated Policy and Planning Division
Address

777 Bay Street, 7th Floor, Suite 700
Toronto, ON
M7A 2J8
Canada

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Original proposal

ERO number
013-1515
Notice type
Policy
Posted by
Ministry of Transportation
Proposal posted

Comment period

October 24, 2017 - December 23, 2017 (60 days)

Proposal details

Description of policy

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is carrying out a transportation planning study to develop a long-term transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). The study will include very long term (50+ years) scenario analysis to help inform policy and investment decisions that support the government’s goals of addressing climate change, economic development and promoting new technology.

A functioning, efficient, and well-planned transportation system is vital to keep the population and economy of the GGH moving. The GGH study will support transportation planning in the GGH and provide planning direction to transportation agencies and service providers.

In support of this work, and further to a previous MTO notice (EBR #012-9054), the MTO is seeking public comments on a draft set of long-term goals and objectives for the GGH transportation system.

The feedback collected about the goals and objectives will be used to inform the development of the GGH Transportation Plan.

Purpose of policy

The GGH Plan will inform transportation policy and investment decisions to help meet the government’s goals of addressing climate change, supporting economic development and promoting new technology. It will advance transportation planning in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and provide planning direction to transportation agencies and service providers for all modes, including highways, railways, regional transit systems, cycling, and walking.

The purpose of this specific notice is to seek and invite comment on the long-term transportation goals and objectives, which will guide the overall plan development.

Other information

You are welcome to submit comments on the draft goals and objectives through either this EBR posting or the online engagement tool. You may access the online engagement tool at this link. The online engagement tool is a brief survey about the goals and objectives designed to make it easier to provide feedback.

To support the GGH study, MTO is seeking feedback on the following questions:

Question 1: Taken together, how well do the goals below reflect what’s important to you for the future transportation system in the GGH?

The proposed goals for the GGH transportation system are:

Connected: A transportation system that efficiently connects people, places and goods.

Integrated: A transportation system that is coordinated with land use and supports communities that provide convenient access to jobs, services, housing and transportation options.

Equitable: A transportation system that serves all users

Environmentally Sustainable: A transportation system that protects the environment.

Economically Responsible: A transportation system that is cost effective and affordable.

Healthy: A transportation system that supports active, safe and healthy living.

Resilient: A transportation system that can adapt to future change.

Prosperous: A transportation system that supports economic growth and job creation.

Question 2: Would you change any of the existing goals or add any new goals? If so, what would you change or add?

Question 3: Which goals do you think are most important for a well-planned transportation network?

Question 4: Under each goal, which objectives are most important for a transportation system that achieves that goal?

For additional information please access the study website.

Public consultation

This proposal was posted for a 60 day public review and comment period starting October 24, 2017. Comments were to be received by December 23, 2017.

All comments received during the comment period are being considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry.

Please Note: All comments and submissions received have become part of the public record.

Other public consultation opportunities

In accordance with the Ministry of Transportation’s Statement of Environmental Values, the Ministry believes that public consultation is critical to sound environmental decision making. The public is invited to submit written comments regarding the proposal to the address listed below (please quote the Environmental Registry number when submitting comments. Additionally, you may submit your comments online.

For further technical information contact:

Dawn Strifler
Senior Policy Advisor
Ministry of Transportation
Policy and Planning Division
Transportation Planning Branch
Provincial Planning Office
777 Bay Street, 7th Floor, Suite 700
Toronto, ON M7A 2J8
(416) 585-7330

All comments will be considered as part of the decision-making by the Ministry if they:

  1. are submitted online through this EBR posting or submitted in writing with the EBR Registry number clearly referenced; and
  2. are received by the Contact person within the specified comment period.

Please Note: No acknowledgment or individual response will be provided to those who comment. All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record.

Supporting materials

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Important notice: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, viewing supporting materials in person is not available at this time.

Please reach out to the Contact listed in this notice to see if alternate arrangements can be made.

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from October 24, 2017
to December 23, 2017

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Contact

Melissa Philomin

Phone number
Office
Ministry of Transportation - Environmental Policy Office
Address

777 Bay Street
Suite 700
Toronto, ON
M7A 2J8
Canada