Region wants to know how you get around

How do you typically get around and how would you ideally like to travel most of the time?

Those are among the questions York Region is asking in a survey designed to help it update its Transportation Master Plan (TMP).

The goal of the plan is to meet the needs of the needs of motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders as the region’s population is expected to double to 2.02 million and the number of jobs here is expected to grow from 630,000 to 990,000 by 2051.

York Region reviews the TMP every five years. The plan, which encompasses strategy, policy and infrastructure, is designed to support healthy communities and economic growth by planning for safe, reliable travel and efficient movement of goods. It’s being updated in coordination with the Regional Official Plan and the Water and Wastewater Master Plan.

The region will gather input from residents and business operators through the remainder of the year and plans to present York Regional Council with a TMP update in 2022. Project updates, dates for virtual information sessions and other engagement opportunities, such as surveys, will be announced soon. To stay informed, add your email to the TMP mailing list by sending a message to [email protected].

York says TMP update will help ensure recommended transportation infrastructure improvements for all modes continue to be integrated with investments being made at the federal, provincial and local levels of government.

The update will also support future advocacy for major transportation infrastructure needs, which can’t be built by the Region alone. That includes the Yonge Subway Extension, bus rapid transit expansion and new or expanded 400-series highways, such as the Hwy. 400-404 Connecting Link, GTA West and Hwy. 404 extension.

Photo of the construction of the Hwy. 427 extension to east of Hwy. 50 last summer courtesy of York Region.

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