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About Compass


MTO COMPASS is the brand name of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) deployed on provincially-owned highways designed to improve travel safely across the province of Ontario.


The goal of MTO COMPASS is to accomplish and maintain safe and efficient movement of people and goods along Ontario freeways. We accomplish this by promptly detecting vehicle incidents and coordinating removal of lane-blocking events from freeways, providing accurate and timely event location and delay condition to motorists, and effectively managing peak rush hour traffic flow through innovative traffic control technologies and shared information services. Roadwork activities are also co-ordinated and approved through a web-based scheduling system to avoid conflicts and minimize delays.

Delivery Channels

MTO COMPASS provides the following ITS traffic control and information services:

  • Real-time Queue Warning
  • Roadside Travel Time Information
  • Smart Work Zones
  • Incident Management
  • Intelligent Event Management Signing Strategy
  • Adverse Weather Warning
  • Border Delay and Advisory Information
  • En-route Traveller Information Services
  • Traffic Demand Management

Some of the above service information is distributed to the public through roadside Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) and Ontario 511 Portal.

COMPASS Continual Evolvement

Effective traffic management on busy urban freeways began with the strategic deployment of advanced traffic management systems that consist of state-of-the-art technology in vehicle detection, traffic flow monitoring, real-time event management, and the publication of automated traveller information. COMPASS expansion along key provincial freeways over the years have proven to be successful in reducing event detection and response time, improving overall traffic flow quality, and reducing pollution caused by traffic congestion.

Traffic management and transportation development in the new models of Smart City, Connected and Automated Vehicle (CVAV), Mobility as a Service (MaaS), Big Data and Analytics and Internet of Things (IOT) are evolving fast. COMPASS is continuously advancing with the latest traffic and computing technologies. The COMPASS System’s latest open architecture allows integration and information sharing with future needs and requirements to maintain the safe and efficient movement of people and goods along Ontario freeways.

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