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TORONTO/Canadian-Media: A discussion paper for public feedback that will inform the province's first transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe was released today by the Ontario government.
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The Greater Golden Horseshoe is the urban region centred around the City of Toronto and extends from Waterloo, Wellington and Brant County from the west, Peterborough and Northumberland from the east, Simcoe County to the north, with Haldimand and Niagara to the south.
Ontario government is having a plan for better transportation system to connect communities and keep goods and people moving across the province, including in Ontario’s economic engine, the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
“We have a long-term vision for the Greater Golden Horseshoe that takes us to 2051, built on connected transportation that’s safe, seamless and accessible,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation in a news release and added that this discussion paper provides an important opportunity to gain further insights to help shape a better transportation network for Ontario's future.
Being an integrated economic region with its diverse communities, the Greater Golden Horseshoe has different transportation needs which would be discussed in this paper including economic transitions, new technologies and shifting demographics that will alter the way people use the transportation system.
Outlining initiatives and concepts that address mobility in the region, the paper is designed to meet collective goals and transportation challenges of the future, setting priority near-term actions as a foundation to achieve this vision.
A consultation posting by Ontario government on the the Environmental Registry of Ontario as well as an online feedback form, Ontario is seeking public input on ways to achieve our vision, including Collaboration, coordination and new ways of working together to align our actions; Innovative approaches to policy solutions and programs, and new ways to partner, procure and deliver infrastructure
Guidance and aligning decisions and investments over the long-term to would be provided by the proposed plan to ensure other levels of government, transportation agencies, industry, local businesses and other service providers are working collaboratively to shape the transportation system.
Feedback received over the next few months as we work would be carefully considered by the province and incorporate these towards releasing the Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan later in 2021.
The deadline for providing feedback on the Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan is August 28, 2021.
An online survey to help inform the province’s future work on developing a 2051 transportation plan for the region was completed by over 2,200 people from September 11 to October 26, 2020.
It is forecasted that by 2051, population and employment would grow from 10 million to 14.9 million people, and 4.5 million to 7 million jobs, respectively.