The Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP) will create a regional vision for mobility and help to direct future investment in transportation demand management, transit, active transportation, and the roadway network.
The plan will strive to identify the two-way relationship between land development patterns and investment in mobility and personal access, with the objective of better linking people and their communities.
The Integrated Mobility Plan stems from municipal policy direction on public transit and transportation, land use and growth centres, contained within the Regional Plan, including the following:
- Implement a sustainable transportation strategy by providing a choice of integrated and connected travel options emphasizing public and community based transit, active transportation, carpooling and other viable alternatives to the single occupant vehicle;
- Promote land settlement patterns and urban design approaches that support fiscally and environmentally sustainable transportation modes;
- Forecast the municipality’s need for mobility and provide service and infrastructure to meet this demand while influencing choice towards transportation sustainability; and
- Design complete streets for all ages, abilities and travel options.
The Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP) will build on the Regional Plan transportation objectives in a number of ways:
Bold Moves: The Regional Plan set targets for shifting mobility demands to transit and active transportation, but the supporting operational plans were essentially an expansion and improvement of what we are currently providing. Substantive and meaningful shifts in mobility demands will require new thinking, or “bold moves”. The IMP will identify what changes we will make to operations and policies to support the Regional Plan targets.
Community Principles, Understanding Trade-offs: Transportation has a large role in the growth, success, and livability of our region and communities. Satisfying the needs of all users on our streets involves trade-offs: for example, ensuring the viability of higher-order transit requires making a commitment to focus residential density, shops and services within a short walk of each stop. The Integrated Mobility Plan will provide direction on street design, community design, and transit services.
Our Role: In the past, municipal transportation planning has focused on people’s need to move about the region, particularly the heavy demand created by commuting. The Integrated Mobility Plan will establish the role we need to play in emerging opportunities and topics in which we have traditionally allowed others to take the lead. Areas such as goods movement, higher-order transit (e.g. commuter rail, ferry, bus rapid transit), parking management, active and healthy communities, connected and autonomous vehicles, emerging options for ride sharing (such as Uber and Lyft), and the long-term potential for car sharing, will be examined.
Measuring Mobility Investment Choices: Building on Council’s direction of comparative costing analysis, the Integrated Mobility Plan will identify the proper measures around health, environment, economy, and livability that will allow a more comprehensive understanding of the net value of the Bold Moves to be considered. Analysis of the information gathered will inform the development of a clear framework that will inform future evidence based decision-making.
Public Consultation & Engagement
Following three successful rounds of public engagement, the Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP) team has begun to prepare the draft Integrated Mobility Plan for presentation to the Transportation Standing Committee in the fall.
Phase 1 Engagement Report
Phase 2 Engagement Report
Phase 3 Engagement Report