Goals & Objectives
| Principle 6
Develop integrated transportation systems in conjunction with the other principles.
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Goal 6.1: Identify and implement opportunities and programs to reduce transportation energy consumption and emissions.
- Design transportation systems that will reduce transportation related energy consumption per resident.
- Design transportation systems that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and Criteria Air Contaminants (CACs) to internationally accepted levels.
Goal 6.2: Encourage effective intra- and inter-regional transportation services through coordination among private, local, regional and provincial agencies.
- Develop and use mechanisms for coordination among private, local, regional and provincial agencies.
Goal 6.3: Determine the potential for integrating strategic planning, investment and/or operation of all transportation modes within HRM through a Regional Transportation Authority.
- A. Working with the province, establish structure and scope for a Regional Transportation Authority and develop enabling legislation.
Goal 6.4: Work with other levels of government, non-profit agencies and the private sector to encourage convenient and integrated options for inter-regional transportation.
- Maintain and improve the frequency and quality of air, rail and coach passenger service between HRM and other regions.
- Improve integration between local transportation facilities and services and major inter-regional passenger terminals.
Goal 6.5: Achieve a reliable, integrated freight transportation system in partnership with other levels of government, non-profit agencies and the private sector.
- Strengthen the national importance and viability of the entire region as a freight shipping hub for water, rail, truck and air transportation.
- Improve access between freight transportation corridors and the region's intermodal facilities and industrial areas.
- Encourage competitive travel times and improved schedule reliability for moving freight through the region.
- Ensure safe, efficient goods movement.
Goal 6.6: Maximize the availability, appeal and use of fiscally sustainable, environmentally responsible and integrated transportation modes.
- Consider a full range of costs and benefits, including land use, environmental, health and safety implications, in the allocation of transportation funds for infrastructure, services and programs.
- Incorporate downstream effects and parking demand implications into cost/benefit analysis for new transportation infrastructure or services.
- Ensure transit services are accessible, reliable, convenient and comfortable for all users, including persons with disabilities.
Goal 6.7: Enhance and support the use of alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle trips..
- Encourage telecommuting, walking, cycling, public transit, vanpools, park and ride, and ridesharing.
- Implement the Blueprint for a Bicycle Friendly HRM in a timely manner.
- Implement the Metro Transit Strategy for short-to-medium term transit system improvements.
- Maximize inter-connectedness between public transit, vanpools, walking and cycling.
- Adopt engineering design and planning standards that are supportive of public transportation, cycling and walking.
Goal 6.8: Protect, plan and implement opportunities for transit and high occupancy vehicles (HOVs) to bypass road congestion.
- Encourage the use of water routes, rail corridors, dedicated street lanes and/or Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for transit.
- Implement new high capacity transit (HCT) services in strategic commuter corridors which have potential for supportive land uses, including commercial centres.
- Achieve automobile-competitive travel times for strategic transit routes.
- Obtain legislative authority and implement preferential traffic controls and lanes for car, van pooling and public transportation.
Land Use and Transportation Coordination
Goal 6.9: Ensure land use and urban design support fiscally and environmentally sustainable transportation modes.
- Build clustered mixed use development within walking distance of high capacity transit stations.
- Ensure land use regulations enable park-and-ride lots.
- Require new transit and cycling facilities in return for reduced parking requirements or as a condition for development agreements or site plan approvals.
- Encourage development with interconnected public streets that are safe and convenient for pedestrians and cyclists, and easily served by transit.
Goal 6.10: Improve the availability, affordability and convenience of transportation within and between rural communities, in partnership with other levels of government, non-profit agencies and the private sector.
- Establish strategic priorities, a time frame and funding for rural road improvements.
- Facilitate convenient, accessible and cost effective forms of public transportation service for rural areas.
Transportation System Management (TSM)
Goal 6.11: Ensure the effective use of existing transportation infrastructure and assets.
- Use transportation system management techniques, [such as transit priority treatments, comprehensive signal coordination, travel information services, and incident detection and rapid response] to optimize system performance.
- Develop and use performance indicators for measuring system performance.
Goal 6.12: Manage transportation infrastructure, facilities and services to reduce congestion and to balance supply and demand.
- Implement pricing signals (e.g. fees, fares and tolls) where appropriate.
- Determine net, long-term benefits prior to making transportation investments.
Goal 6.13: Design and maintain a hierarchy of streets to support diverse transportation modes and the function and character of surrounding land uses.
- Update street classifications to reflect all modes of transportation and abutting land uses, including neighbourhood impact, economic viability, cultural heritage and social interaction.
- Include direct pedestrian access to existing and planned land uses, appropriate street design and public transportation needs as an integral part of all transportation projects.
Goal 6.14: Manage and optimize the efficient use of public and commercial parking in the Capital District and other commercial centres.
- Reduce the demand for commuter parking spaces per employee in commercial centres.
- Encourage alternatives to on-site employee parking.
- Increase the proportion of preferential parking stalls for carpools, vanpools, shared cars and bicycles in the Capital District, commercial centres and education and health care facilities.
- Ensure availability of accessible parking for persons with disabilities in strategic locations.
- Balance vehicular circulation and on street parking.