Help us plan the future of transportation in Waterloo Region!
We want you to help us plan the future of transportation in Waterloo Region through the Moving Forward project. Moving Forward is the Region of Waterloo’s transportation master plan. This project is an update to our current Regional Transportation Master Plan (RTMP) that was approved in 2010.
Our Vision and Goals for Transportation
The vision statement for Waterloo Region’s transportation system over the next 25 years is as follows:
"Waterloo Region will be a prosperous, sustainable and healthy community, with viable transportation choices for people of all ages and abilities, and for the goods supporting our economy."
To achieve this vision, the following goals for Waterloo Region’s transportation system have been carried forward from the 2010 Regional Transportation Master Plan (RTMP):
- Optimize the Transportation System
- Promote Transportation Choice
- Foster a Strong Economy
- Support Sustainable Development
What has the Region done so far?
The Region has engaged its residents to guide the update of Moving Forward. We have:
- Conducted Region-wide surveys of public opinions about transportation and survey of behaviours, barriers and attitudes about public transit, cycling and walking.
- Met with a general public panel and a stakeholder panel (public/private agencies, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations) for detailed discussions throughout the project. We have met four times with each panel.
- Reached out to the general public through two rounds of Public Consultation Centres.
A Region-wide survey of attitudes about alternative forms of transportation indicated that, while residents have strong interest in public transit, cycling and walking, there is a general belief that these would not be practical for most people. This suggested that "barriers" are hindering more widespread use. A follow-up Region-wide survey asked about behaviours and barriers for public transit, cycling and walking, and respondents were classified into four broad groups:
- Fearless and Strong: Already consider travelling by public transit, cycling and walking.
- Enthused and Confident: Would probably consider it.
- Interested but Concerned: Might consider it, if barriers were addressed.
- No Way No How: Would not consider even if their barriers were addressed.
The results suggested there were large groups of people in the Interested but Concerned group, who would consider public transit, cycling and walking if their barriers can be addressed. All of the recommendations in the final Moving Forward plan are aimed at addressing the barriers, to make it as easy as possible for the highest number of people to consider walking, cycling and using public transit more for their daily travel.
What planning scenarios have we developed and studied?
Based on the input received, the Project Steering Committee developed three possible scenarios for study:
- Scenario 1: Extend the 2010 Regional Transportation Master Plan to 2041
- Scenario 2: Make additional investments in public transit, walking and cycling beyond Scenario 1
- Scenario 3: Plan for new forms of mobility
Scenarios 1 & 2 were assessed using an evaluation criteria to identify a preferred scenario that will meet the future needs within the framework of the Region's transportation vision and goals. However, Scenario 3 was not assessed using the same evaluation criteria given the level of uncertainties surrounding its possible outcomes. Following these assessment, Scenario 1 was determined to align closely with Moving Forward's goals and objectives compared Scenario 2. Hence, the preferred scenario entailed building on Scenario 1 (i.e., Extend the 2010 Transportation Master Plan) with some elements from Scenario 2. This would entail making refinements that will:
- Address barriers to using public transit, cycling, and walking modes of transportation
- Focus on public transit service expansions, add express service, and plan for rapid transit
- Implement recommendations in the 2014 Active Transportation Master Plan and build more separated cycling facilities
- Re-assess the road expansion program identified in the 2010 Transportation Master Plan and defer low-performing road expansion projects
- Provide supporting strategies to enhance the delivery of the overall plan
Complete details on what we have heard throughout the study, the Region’s 2041 travel targets, and summaries of the transportation scenarios that were studied, the preliminary recommended transportation scenario and strategies, and the cost implications of the recommended transportation scenario are contained in the Public Consultation Centre Information Package.
Preliminary estimates of capital and operating costs for roads, transit, and active transportation facilities indicate that the recommendations for Moving Forward will cost about the same as the recommendations from the 2010 Regional Transportation Master Plan. The financial implications of the plan are in the Public Consultation Centre display boards.
Recommendations for road, public transit and active transportation investments needed to support Scenario 1 have been developed. We would like to invite you to provide your comments on these recommendations so that your views can be considered as we plan and make decisions about the future of transportation within the Region.
You can also provide input at one of the following Public Consultation Centres:
- Tuesday, March 6, 2018:5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Knox Church, 50 Erb Street West, Waterloo (Presentations at 5:30 and 7:00 PM)
- Wednesday, March 7, 2018: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Cambridge City Hall (Bowman Room), 50 Dickson Street, Cambridge (Presentations at 5:30 and 7:00 PM)
- Thursday, March 8, 2018: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Region of Waterloo Administrative Headquarters (Room 110), 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener (Presentations at 5:30 and 7:00 PM)
- For more information, please see the Public Consultation Centre Information Package
- To learn more about Moving Forward, please visit the Moving Forward update website
- If you have any questions, or to be added to the study mailing list, please e-mail Geoffrey Keyworth or call 519-575-4089 , TTY: 519-575-4608 .