Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan

Over the next 25 years the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) will grow to 13.5 million people. A functioning, efficient, and well-planned transportation system is vital to keep the population and economy of the GGH moving.

The Ministry of Transportation is developing a long-term, comprehensive and multimodal transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH).

This work is anticipated to be completed in 2018.

The plan will inform policy and investment decisions that support the government’s commitments to climate change, economic development and innovative technology and provide direction to transportation agencies and service providers for all modes, including highways, railways, regional transit systems, cycling and walking.

Building on many of the excellent policies and strategies in the Regional Transportation Plan and the existing Growth Plan, the GGH Plan is intended to help inform future reviews of the Growth Plan and Greenbelt Plans.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What is a multimodal transportation plan?

Q2: Why is the Ministry of Transportation doing this now?

Q3: What is the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) Multimodal Transportation Plan about?

Q4: Why is this plan needed?

Q5: What specifically will the plan include?

Q6: How long will the GGH Multimodal Transportation Plan take to complete?

Q7: Why is it important to have such a long-term plan for the region?

Q8: The province is currently undertaking a coordinated review of four provincial plans, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Greenbelt Plans. How does the GGH Transportation Plan relate to the coordinated review?

Q9: How is the GGH Plan related to the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan? What is Metrolinx’s role in the development of the GGH Plan?

Q1: What is a multimodal transportation plan?

A multimodal transportation plan considers all types of transportation, such as highways, roads, public transit, cycling and walking and looks for solutions to integrate these types of transportation so people can easily get around and businesses can continue to keep their goods and services moving.

Q2: Why is the Ministry of Transportation doing this now?

As the population and economy across the GGH continues to grow, and new transportation options emerge, transportation planning is needed to properly accommodate the expected growth. The last time MTO did major transportation planning, issues such as climate change, automated vehicles and the sharing economy were not commonly discussed.

A long-term transportation plan is needed to ensure the right policy decisions and infrastructure investments are in place. A GGH Multimodal Transportation Plan will help the province make informed decisions to help keep the region moving.

Q3: What is the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) Multimodal Transportation Plan about?

The GGH Multimodal Transportation Plan is about developing a long-term, comprehensive transportation strategy that takes into account all types of transportation (roads, highways, transit, etc.) for a region that is growing and becoming increasingly interconnected. As well, the plan will support the government’s goals of addressing climate change, economic development and promoting new technology by informing policy and investment decisions to keep Ontario moving forward.

Q4: Why is this plan needed?

In order to accommodate a growing population (13.5 million by 2041) and to help keep the economy moving, a functioning, efficient and well-planned transportation system is needed. The way a region’s transportation is planned will have lasting impacts on business and residents’ lives for years to come. A plan to help address an already congested region will help improve our communities and quality of life.

Q5: What specifically will the plan include?

MTO will work with partner ministries, Metrolinx, municipalities, stakeholders, and First Nations and Métis communities to provide input and expertise into the development of the GGH Transportation Plan. The public will also have input into the plan through the Environmental Registry, e-consultation, community meetings and workshops.

The plan includes a long-range (50+ years) outlook to determine future transportation needs across the GGH. The plan will include priorities and options to support provincial growth and economic and environmental objectives.

Q6: How long will the GGH Multimodal Transportation Plan take to complete?

The plan is scheduled to be conducted over the next three years and is anticipated to be completed by 2018.

Q7: Why is it important to have such a long-term plan for the region?

A plan is needed to understand and address current issues (such as congestion) and the changing mobility needs of the region. The plan for the GGH will help the Province manage its capital assets and optimize significant infrastructure investments necessary to keep business and people moving across the region.

Q8: The province is currently undertaking a coordinated review of four provincial plans, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Greenbelt Plans. How does the GGH Transportation Plan relate to the coordinated review?

MTO is a full participant in the coordinated review process and the development of transportation updates and potential amendments to the provincial plans. The coordinated review is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

The GGH Transportation Plan is a longer-term planning initiative to inform and support the Province’s transportation investments in the Greater Golden Horseshoe for the next 30 years.

Q9: How is the GGH Plan related to the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan? What is Metrolinx’s role in the development of the GGH Plan?

The GGH Transportation Plan will help the province optimize its investments, and provide municipalities and Metrolinx with strategic directions on transportation planning that are coordinated in a broader geography.

The Metrolinx RTP is required to comply with all MTO plans and policies. Future updates of the RTP will be required to consider and comply with any applicable directions that may ultimately be included in the GGH Transportation Plan.

In the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), the GGH Transportation Plan will build on many of the excellent policies/strategies in the RTP, particularly for transit, and will also assess the appropriateness/applicability of expanding similar transit or active transportation strategies to the rest of the GGH.

MTO will work closely with Metrolinx in the development of the GGH Transportation Plan to ensure that that the updated RTP is appropriately reflected in the GGH Transportation Plan.

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