The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is a strategic planning document designed to define the policies, programs and infrastructure improvements required to address the Regional Municipality of Durham’s existing and future multi-modal transportation needs. The current TMP was developed in coordination with the Municipal Comprehensive Review, which is the five-year review and update of the Regional Official Plan. This helped to ensure that the transportation system would be aligned with development to support the Region’s overall growth objectives.
The Region’s current TMP, approved by Regional Council in 2003, set three coordinated and comprehensive strategies:
- Providing More Travel Choices
- Improving the Road System
- Mitigating Environmental and Community Effects
You can read the Region’s current Transportation Master Plan, last updated in November 2005, here (PDF, 7.2MB).
The TMP Update
The purpose of the TMP update is to:
- gauge and assess the progress of the previous TMP;
- update the Region’s travel demand forecasting tools to reflect the most recent population and employment projections;
- revisit and update its strategies and policies to reflect current trends, needs and best practices; and,
- identify transportation projects to meet Durham Region’s future needs.
The study began in fall of 2014 and is expected to be complete by Summer 2017. There will be many opportunities for the public to be involved in the study; to learn more, visit the Get Involved page.
There are four phases to the Transportation Master Plan Update:
Phase 1: Transportation Vision and Potential Alternatives (Completed)
- Assess the outcomes of the current TMP and recent progress
- Review best practices and compare to existing policies and strategies
- Engage with the community to gain insights on issues, needs, and opportunities
- Develop the vision, goals, and principles to guide the TMP update
- Identify potential alternatives to address transportation needs and challenges
Phase 2: Alternatives Assessment and Preferred Scenario (Completed)
- Assess alternative scenarios for the transportation system
- Present alternatives to public and stakeholders for feedback
- Test scenarios, using the travel demand forecasting model, against different growth projections
- Identify a preferred scenario and document potential projects and actions
Phase 3: Development of Supporting Strategies (Completed)
- Identify multi-modal strategies and actions that support the preferred scenario
- Engage with stakeholders, internal staff, and elected officials to review and screen potential strategies
- Detail strategies with associated implementation actions, timelines, and benchmarks
Phase 4: Preparation of the Transportation Master Plan (In Progress)
- Present draft networks and strategies that support the preferred scenario to the public for review and feedback
- Provide costing and implementation considerations for the preferred networks and strategies
- Develop Transportation Master Plan report for Council consideration and approval
Class Environmental Assessment
The Transportation Master Plan is being conducted in accordance with the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process. The Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act.
The Class Environmental Assessment process provides a consistent, streamlined and easily understood process for planning and implementing Municipal infrastructure projects. It also ensures public and stakeholder participation throughout.
By completing Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process, Durham Region can expedite the implementation of certain transportation solutions identified in the Transportation Master Plan. Additional Environmental Assessment, planning, consultation and design will be necessary prior to the construction of any major project.