Efficient transportation systems are essential to the Toronto Region’s global competitiveness. Small improvements to these systems and policies can produce unimaginable benefits when totaled over the long term. We need our people, goods and services moving swiftly across the region. Enhancing the region’s transportation infrastructure has been the Board’s longest running advocacy issue and continues to be a high priority for the business community.

 

Transportation Strategic Roadmap

Transportation Strategic Roadmap Infographic

The Board is uniquely positioned to look beyond city borders and put forward bold, strategic and cost-effective proposals for regional transit that take from global solutions and best practices. View our transportation strategic roadmap which lays out the Board's transport vision. 

 

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Next Stop

Next Stop: Building Universal Transit Access

The report makes recommendations to address the challenges cities face in addressing the “first and last mile” while enabling anywhere-to-anywhere + anytime travel. The report contains four calls to action: improving accessibility, infrastructure, integration, and innovation and multi-modality. Next Stop puts forward numerous recommendations to strengthen public transit in the Toronto region – chief among them: a clear region-wide 10-minute frequency service standard to enable “turn-up-and-go” travel on all major routes. The report urges cities across the region to explore new approaches to expanding mobility. This includes using on-demand transit that is supported by technology, especially where high-frequency service is not possible.

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Getting on the Right Track

Getting on the Right Track: Connecting Communities with Regional Rail

The report makes the case for regional rail as the most economically efficient way to provide a high-speed and high-capacity backbone for the region’s transportation network. By using global best practices such as two way-all-day service, modern technology, as well as seamless integration with local transit, the region could leverage its existing 450 km network to move over 300,000 people per hour into the downtown core—compared with 30,000 per hour on the Yonge subway—all without needing to build expensive and disruptive new corridors from scratch.

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Erasing the Invisible Line

 
Erasing the Invisible Line: Integrating the Toronto Region’s Transit Networks 

The report highlights serious transit inefficiencies caused by a lack of fare and service integration across regional transit networks. The Toronto region is a single integrated economic and social unit, but fragmented transit systems make travel across municipal and agency boundaries both challenging and expensive. The Board proposes the formation of a “Transit Federation”, which will produce a unified and seamless regional transit network, while allowing each agency to retain its own administration and accountability.

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Fare and Service Integration Proposal

 
Fare and Service Integration Proposal

The Toronto Region Board of Trade has created a proposal to integrate the region’s transit networks, including TTC, municipal transit agencies, and GO Transit, while recognizing the need for local control. The proposal includes a fare structure to convey what implementation of this integration could look like for commuters. Click below for an overview of the proposal and interactive maps which illustrate the findings.

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