Public Consultation Centre #3
Transportation Master Plan Update
Information Package Date Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Thursday, March 8, 2018
Place Knox Church 50 Erb Street West, Waterloo Cambridge City Hall 50 Dickson Street, Cambridge Region of Waterloo Administrative HQ 150 Frederick Street East, Kitchener
Time 5–8 8 pm Presentations at 5:30 and 7:00 pm 5–8 8 pm Presentations at 5:30 and 7:00 pm 5–8 8 pm Presentations at 5:30 and 7:00 pm
Welcome. Please sign in and fill out the comment sheet at the end of this information package..
1. What is Moving Forward? Forward? Moving Forward is the Region of Waterloo’s transportation master plan. This project is an update to our current Regional Transportation Master Plan (RTMP) that was approved in 2010. The plan identifies policies and projects to meet the Region’s transportation needs over the next 25 years. These include where and how to invest in Regional road improvements, traffic controls, public transit service, cycling and walking facilities, and managing travel demand. Moving Forward also considers other related transportation needs related to Provincial rovincial highways within Waterloo Region, tr travel avel to and from Waterloo Region (by automobile, bus, passenger rail and air service), service and emerging transportation trends.
2. What do we need from you today? This public consultation centre provides provide an overall background on the entire project, what we have heard he during our previous consultation, consultation, summarize summarizes our findings, and explain explains our recommendations for transportation for the next 25 years. We want your comments about whether the overall plan, and specific aspects of it, will achieve our vision for transpor transportation tation.
3. Why is Moving Forward important to you you? Moving Forward affects everyone. It deals with the movement of people and goods in and around Waterloo Region. The need for mobility affects every resident, business and visitor in Waterloo Region. Mobility must must be safe, convenient and affordable for all, while serving our travel needs and managing impacts on our neighbourhoods and natural areas. It must provide for the types of travel choices expected by residents of Waterloo Region, be it walking, cycling, public public transit or driving.
4. What is regional transportation like today? Internal travel within Waterloo Region is typical of smaller urban areas Travel in Waterloo Region is currently typical of smaller urban areas, with regular peaks in the morning and afternoon. Shifting travel times to avoid congestion during the peaks has not become a major factor in Waterloo Region over the past 20 years as in larger cities such as in the Greater Toronto Area. This means Waterloo Region generally has adequate road capacity to support existing travel patterns, and car users have little need to shift to other travel modes or times.
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Commuters are still highly auto-depe auto dependent Driving a car remains by far the dominant mode for commuting to work, representing 84 4 percent of work trips. About 6 percent of work trips are made by passengers in private cars cars, with public transit at 4 percent, and active travel (cycling and walkin walking) at 6 percent. Growth rowth in the number of commuters by public transit and cycling has outpaced growth in the number by private car, car but this growth appears to have largely displaced the number of commuters as car passengers. High car reliance is likely a re result sult of the dispersed employment centres across Waterloo Region and to Guelph and the Greater Toronto Area, historic land use patterns and the Region as a whole being generally more spread out than larger cities like Toronto. Toronto
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Transit ridership growth was was strong, but peaked in 2013 As shown on the fol