January 09, 2002

Public input sought for draft Transportation Master Plan


NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York's Transportation and Works Committee today approved a draft version of its Transportation Master Plan (TMP), a comprehensive strategy for meeting transportation demands for the next 30 years within York Region and across the Greater Toronto Area.

Pending Regional Council's acceptance, the draft document will be circulated to York Region's nine area municipalities, the federal and provincial governments, the City of Toronto, the Regions of Durham and Peel, the County of Simcoe and other stakeholders requesting their comments by March 8, 2002.

Regional staff will hold several public consultation sessions, and all comments received will be reviewed prior to a meeting of the Transportation and Works Committee in April.

"This is a good plan. It is now crucial that we receive comments from the residents of York Region before we finalize it," said Bill Fisch, Regional Chair. "With continued rapid growth expected over the next two decades, the Master Plan is critical to York Region's ability to manage growth well."

York Region is currently the fastest growing region in the Greater Toronto Area. The Transportation Master Plan foresees an integrated road and public transit network to support this growth to 2031, while complementing all other Regional and provincial planning initiatives.

Full implementation of the TMP over the next 30 years will cost between $5.6 billion (based on bus rapid transit proposals), and $7.3 billion based on subway and light rapid transit components. Funding support from the federal and provincial governments is critical to its timely and successful implementation. In addition to capital costs, it will cost between $57 million and $90 million per year to operate regional roads and the transit system by 2031.

"The Transportation Master Plan covers many facets and includes a five-year action plan and subsequent 10-year and 20-year goals," said Alan Wells, York Region's Chief Administrative Officer. "The plan will provide for safe and efficient transportation of both people and goods across York Region and Greater Toronto. In addition, it will also support our Vision 2026 planning exercise and Regional Official Plan."

Ten categories of improvement have been identified in the Transportation Master Plan:

Bus rapid transit, light rail transit and subway are three different technologies under consideration for rapid transit in York Region. The Region is currently working to establish a Public-Private Partnership to implement the rapid transit system. Decisions on technology will be made in consultation with our partner.

There is also a necessity to improve the movement of goods and services, vital to the continued success of our economy. In urban areas, the plan calls for improvements to the provincial freeways and additional four to six-lane arterial roads to support buses, while strategic road connections will improve travel in our rural areas.

A copy of an overview report of the Transportation Master Plan for York Region, a Backgrounder plus detailed Fact Sheets, can be viewed on our Web site at www.region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York provides many essential services, including Police Services, Ambulance, Health Services, Public Transit, Regional Roads, Solid Waste Disposal, Water and Wastewater, Regional Planning and Growth Management, Social Assistance, Family and Children's Services, and Housing. York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville. For more information, visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca

Fact Sheets

Transportation Master Plan for York Region Five Year Action Plan

On The Move Toward Sustainable Transportation:A Transportation Master Plan for York Region

York Rapid Transit Plan: an inter-regional approach


Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the York Transit Plan

The York Region Rapid Transit Public-Private Partnership Questions and Answers


The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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