About the Draft Plan



The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is one of the fastest-growing regions in North America. Every year, it attracts more than 110,000 new residents, which means more than 10 million people will call it home by 2041, from just over seven million today. That’s equivalent to adding more than the population of Greater Vancouver in just 25 years! Metrolinx and its partners are planning for that future — the exciting next chapter in the story of our region.

Public consultation on the Draft Plan is now open and feedback is welcomed until November 17, 2017. On the pages ahead, tell us what’s important to you and what you see for the future of our region – what moves you? You can also tell us in person at one of the six public roundtable meetings around the region – www.metrolinx.com/roundtables

The review of the Draft Plan was informed by extensive technical analysis and independent research in partnership with Canadian Universities. Read more about the Draft Plan and the review process now.

 

How to use this site:
1. Organized into five sections that mirror the Draft Plan’s five strategies, this website will help you understand the challenges our region is facing and the solutions we’re proposing. Under each strategy, you’ll find articles that summarize some of the Draft Plan’s main concepts.
2. As you journey through the site, please give us your thoughts and input by answering the questions found on each page. The deeper into the content you go, the more specific the questions are.
3. When you’ve finished or at any time, please take the full survey. It’s 20 questions, and should only take you 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Strategies

At the heart of the Draft Plan are five Strategies that will turn this ambitious vision for the region into reality. They provide a blueprint for action, helping solidify the Plan with goals and milestones that will move the GTHA forward to 2041.

Strategy #1: Complete Delivery

Working closely with partners and community stakeholders, we’ve already seen a massive expansion in rapid transit infrastructure investment. You can see the progress that’s been made with new Light Rail Transit, Bus Rapid Transit, GO and subway extensions. With early successes already moving thousands in the region, it’s more important than ever we keep up the momentum as a region.

Strategy #2: Connect the Region

Over the next 25 years the Draft Plan calls for historic levels of transit investment, delivering more — and more frequent — transit service across the region. It will cross regional borders more simply and efficiently. Rapid transit every 15 minutes, priority bus corridors, new light rail and a 24-hour Bus Network on key routes will cater to the increased demand of an economy that doesn’t end at 5 pm.

Strategy #3: Optimize the System

It’s not just about new infrastructure. Much of what’s proposed in the Draft Plan focuses on what we can do now and in the future to optimize the transportation system we’re building. Whether that means integrating services, improving the traveller experience or investing in new technologies that assist users, it’s a better future for all residents.

Strategy #4: Shape the Region

It’s about creating access and opportunity — for everyone. The Draft Plan focuses on expanding and improving transportation across the entire region, creating door-to-door solutions for all residents. We have the chance to create a more complete and connected region. Communities and business hubs can flourish when they have better links to public transit. More transit also helps create more jobs, closer to where you live. By working with municipalities, the Draft Plan proposes that land-use decisions are always aligned with resident transportation needs, now and in the future

Strategy #5: Change Ready

Autonomous vehicles, app-driven on-demand car services and clean technologies — these are just a few of the innovations that will be driving change in the near future.  Each advance brings new challenges, new opportunities and plenty of questions. It’s time to get ready!