Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan – Discussion Paper

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Ministry of Transportation
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Proposal posted
Comment period
June 29, 2021 - August 28, 2021 (60 days) Closed
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This consultation was open from:

June 29, 2021
to August 28, 2021

Proposal summary

We are releasing a discussion paper to inform the development of a long-term transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The paper proposes a 30-year vision for mobility in the region, designed to meet our collective goals and the transportation challenges of the future, and near-term actions we can take now to achieve this vision.  

Proposal details

The Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) is a dynamic and rapidly growing region that is home to over 60% of Ontario’s population and is the economic engine of the province. A well-functioning transportation system is critical to economic prosperity.

Infrastructure investments haven’t kept up and won’t meet future needs on their own. Over the 15-year period of 2001-2016, travel demand on the highways grew three times faster than the rate of new road construction during this time.

This trend will result in more gridlock unless we have a comprehensive and long-term plan. A range of solutions are needed, including increasing infrastructure capacity, using our infrastructure wisely, and providing options for people and businesses to choose the most effective way to get around.

Mobility in the GGH is provided by a complex system of provincial, municipal and private sector infrastructure, services and programs. There is a need for a common vision for the region, so that all the investments we are making work together.

Over the past several years, the Ministry of Transportation has been engaging with its partners and analysing options, to develop a long-term vision for mobility in the GGH to 2051, and to set out a path to achieve our shared goals for the transportation system.

The discussion paper is being released in order to seek your feedback to inform the development of a long-term transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Links to the discussion paper and supporting materials are provided below.

The paper sets out current and future transportation challenges and the work we have done to date to develop a GGH Transportation Plan. It describes the proposed future transportation system and what’s needed to achieve our vision of an integrated transportation system that provides a safe, seamless and accessible transportation experience for all. It graphically illustrates a proposed approach to new and improved infrastructure, and outlines services and policies to bolster that network. As well, it sets out work that is currently underway or planned in the region – infrastructure, services and policies – that is making measurable improvements to transportation experiences now, to realize our long-term vision. Lastly, the paper discusses next steps and seeks input on on implementation considerations for the future.

Over the next few months, we will carefully consider and incorporate feedback as we work towards releasing the Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan later in 2021.

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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.

System Planning Office, System Planning Branch, Integrated Policy and Planning Division

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


Commenting is now closed.

The comment period was from June 29, 2021
to August 28, 2021

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