York Region is updating its Transportation
Master Plan to develop a strategy to better move people and goods over the next 25 years.
By 2041, 1.8 million people will call York Region their home. Building complete communities
designed to manage congestion and support transit are key principles for our Transportation Master Plan. We want to take a progressive approach to developing this plan by coordinating land use and transportation planning. Our goal is to increase transit, walking and cycling, while better managing traffic congestion by increasing road capacity in York Region.
Before we look into the future, let’s remember where we were. In 1971, York Region was a
rural community with a population of 169,000 people. Over time, we have seen massive growth.
We now have 1.2 million people living in York Region.
To respond to our growing population, York Region launched its first Transportation Master
Plan in 2002. One notable success of the 2002 Master Plan was the beginning of York Region’s
Viva rapid transit system. In 2009, York Region updated its Transportation Master Plan to increase the focus on pedestrians and transit riders. Since 2009, York Region has opened its first rapidway, used technology to improve traffic flow and accommodated all types of travel in new road projects. So, now, let’s look to the future and see what our next Transportation Master Plan will do. In 25 years, we will need to connect our transportation services to provide residents
more travel choices. A connected network will mean the creation of mobility hubs that will
encourage car and bike sharing with transit connections. These hubs could be locations
that store autonomous or shared vehicles and may be pick up locations for ride sharing. A connected network will require York Region to partner with all levels of government to ensure we have seamless mobility through carpooling, building High Occupancy Vehicle lanes and convenient parking that can be improved with technology. Mobile phone apps that match carpoolers or provide the ability to reserve parking spaces at carpool lots will encourage motorists to try carpooling. Community BikeShare programs so that students can go to school by using a bike and traveling on transit. Similar to borrowing a book from a library, bike sharing
can significantly improve mobility and independence. A convenient bike sharing program that seamlessly works with transit would help to promote an improved quality of life. Better movement of goods by using real-time technology to help truck drivers avoid congestion and make their deliveries on time. Other freight technology can help reduce the amount of truck traffic by coordinating deliveries more efficiently. Technological improvements so that commuters can avoid traffic hotspots and traffic can
flow better. The collection of data from vehicle navigation systems can be used to coordinate
the Region’s traffic signals to reduce traffic congestion – especially during peak travel times and traffic disruptions, such as construction or collisions. Technology can help reduce
traffic jams and improve travel times. The focus of the next Transportation Master
Plan will be to move people and goods efficiently through a connected network.
York Region’s plan is to increase transit, road capacity, as well as walking and cycling
options that will provide more choices for people travelling in York Region. To learn more, visit us at york.ca/tmp.