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A Shared Vision: Updating the Vision, Goals and Objectives

A long-range transportation plan should be based on a strong conceptual foundation. In 2008, that foundation was set by municipal leaders, key stakeholders, and the general public in The Big Move, our first Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).  

Now, as part of developing the next RTP, Metrolinx is consulting with key stakeholders, municipal representatives and the general public, to review and update The Big Move’s vision, goals and objectives.

This figure illustrates the original and proposed RTP Goals.

A chart comparing original RTP goals to proposed goals

Updated Vision:

In 2041, the region’s integrated transportation system will allow people to get around easily and will contribute to a high quality-of-life, a sustainable and protected environment, and a prosperous and competitive economy. It will:  

  • Offer a variety of options for getting around reliably, comfortably, conveniently and safely, contributing to a high quality-of-life; 

  • Make it easy to choose modes of travel that reduce our environmental footprint and contribute to a thriving, sustainable and protected environment; and 

  • Connect people to jobs, move goods and deliver services efficiently throughout the region, supporting a strong, prosperous and competitive economy.” 

GOAL A: Connectivity, Convenience and Integration 


  1. People have appropriate, realistic options to move easily and reliably from place to place. 

  2. People have the information they need to optimize their travel decisions. 

  3. Transit services and fares are seamlessly integrated. 

  4. All transportation modes are coordinated. 

GOAL B: Equity and Accessibility


  1. Transit offers affordable access to jobs, services and major destinations, and is competitive 
for most trips. 

  2. Transit fleets and transportation infrastructure, services and technology are accessible to 
users of all ages and abilities. 

GOAL C: Health, Comfort and Safety


  1. Walking and cycling are attractive and realistic choices for most trips. 

  2. Transit offers an attractive, high-quality user experience. 

  3. People feel safe and secure when travelling, with continuous progress toward eliminating 
injuries and deaths from transportation. 

  4. Goods are moved safely and securely. 

GOAL D: A Well-Planned Region


  1. The transportation system supports compact and efficient development. 

  2. Integrated transportation and land use planning reduces the need for travel and encourages 
walking, cycling and taking transit. 

  3. Transit infrastructure and services have the capacity to meet demand. 

Goal E: An Exemplary Environmental Footprint


  1. The transportation system is adaptive and resilient to the stresses of a changing climate, 
uses resources efficiently, and fits within the ecosystem’s capacity. 

  2. The transportation system contributes to the achievement of provincial targets for 
greenhouse gas emission reductions. 

GOAL F: Prosperity and Competitiveness


  1. Travel times are predictable and reasonable. 

  2. The transportation system offers value to users and governments by providing economical, 
reliable and environmentally sustainable movement of people and goods. 

  3. Governments promote innovation in the transportation sector. 

  4. Sustainable, coordinated funding supports transportation operations, maintenance and 

Learn more.

You can participate at your own pace and in your own way.

If you want to read all of the background information, you can download the complete discussion paper to read offline.

You can find relevant background information and provide your input on other topics by clicking on the topic headings below.

Goal: A well-planned region
Goal: Prosperity and competitiveness
Goal: An exemplary environmental footprint
Goal: Equity and accessibility
Goal: Health, comfort and safety
Goal: Connectivity, convenience and integration
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