November 20, 2009
Media Release

York Regional Council endorses final Transportation Master Plan Update

York Region identifies critical transportation projects totalling $18.3 billion to 2031
NEWMARKET - York Regional Council has endorsed the Transportation Master Plan Update, the Region’s transit, road and transportation policy recommendations to address Provincially-legislated growth in The Regional Municipality of York to 2031.
 
“It is urgent that our transportation infrastructure needs are addressed in a timely manner to support growth in our communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “The Transportation Master Plan will provide the long-term perspective needed to guide our planning process.”
 
York Region’s Transportation Master Plan update estimates that transportation and transit investments required to support projected growth in York Region are about $18.3 billion to 2031.  This is a total gross cost which includes both initial and on-going capital costs of recommended projects in the Master Plan.
 
“We must act quickly because these projects will require many years to implement,” said Town of East Gwillimbury Mayor James Young, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.  “This Master Plan will act as a blueprint to build our city-region for the future.”
 
The province has made some commitments already, such as the Spadina subway extension, Viva Next and the Highway 404 extension to Ravenshoe Road.  However, more commitments are needed for York Region to meet the Provincial Growth Plan, starting with the Yonge subway extension.
 
The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) Update started in 2006 and was carried out in coordination with Planning for Tomorrow, the Region’s Growth Management Initiative.  An extensive consultation program was conducted as part of the planning process for the Master Plan. 
 
Comments from stakeholders and the general public show there is a need to focus on transit-supportive measures and alternative transportation modes.  However, future road and highway improvements are still needed for network connectivity and to meet travel growth demands.
 
Staff have integrated details of the Transportation Master Plan Update with the Draft Regional Official Plan, which will go to Regional Council for final approval in December. 
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications Specialist, York Region
                       Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1238, (416) 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
                       Cell:  905 251-6413  Email: tim.paleczny@york.ca

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