Why does the City need a new transportation plan?
• Previous Transportation Plan, completed in 1999, is outdated and no longer in the spirit of PlanSJ
• A key implementation piece for the Plan is Policy TM1- Develop and maintain a comprehensive Transportation Strategic Plan for the City which advances the development of a multi-modal transportation system
• Transportation and land use are strongly related. The City’s transportation network influences how land use in the city develops and the development pattern influences transportation demand.
• There is room for improving accessibility
• A new plan will aim to reduce reliance on the automobile and seek to increase travel on other modes such as transit and active transportation.
We already have studies on trails and bikeways. Why do we need to spend money on another study?
A key component of the project is building on work completed to date to develop a strategy to guide the development of and investment in the City’s transportation system over the next 25-years. This study will take an integrated approach to transportation in that it will incorporate considerations such as parking, active transportation and transit which were not components of the 1999 study.
In addition, the City’s future land use plan has changed with the adoption of the new municipal plan, requiring a plan for the development of the City’s transportation system that supports this future land use pattern.
Have any recommendations been implemented from previous transportation-related studies?
Progress has been made on implementing past studies on active transportation including the Uptown Bike parking study and the Trails and Bikeways Master Plan. In addition, the new Zoning By-law now requires the provision of bicycle parking for certain developments. Key recommendations of the 1999 Transportation Study which have been implemented include the construction of the One Mile interchange.
Shouldn’t the funds for this project these funds be allocated somewhere else?
Street lines and potholes are operational issues. The City has two budgets: operational (what it takes to run and maintain the City) and capital (for infrastructure and future investments.) The capital budget is important as it funds infrastructure improvements to support future growth and development.
MoveSJ is another example of how the City is striving to better position itself for sustainability as it will guide both the operation and development of the City’s transportation system. It is for these reasons that a guide for future transportation investment is crucial.