Metrolinx s GTHA Urban Freight Action Plan Peel Goods Movement Task Force

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1 Metrolinx s GTHA Urban Freight Action Plan Peel Goods Movement Task Force Lisa Salsberg Manager Strategic Policy & Systems Planning May 4th,

2 Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area Today 6 million people today 8.62 million people by municipalities 4 levels of government 10 transit agencies 8,242 km 2 2

3 Metrolinx Vision: To Champion and Deliver Mobility Solutions for the GTHA 3

4 A Bold Plan Double transit mode share Transit lines would triple in length Despite growth, commuting times would not increase 75% of people living within 2 km of rapid transit GHGs per capita decline significantly 4

5 Growing Congestion in the GTHA Congestion costs the GTHA $6 billion a year to commuters and the regional economy 1 in 3 people in the GTHA region commute more than 15km a day vs. 1 in 4 in Montreal, 1 in 5 in Calgary 17% decrease in peak period traffic speeds 2001 to % increase in commuting times from 2001 to 2006 Supply of roads increased 56% between 1986 and 2006, transit increased by only 18% 5

6 Perspectives from GTHA Business Executives Transportation infrastructure rates as number two, after rents for attracting new business to the Toronto region (Colliers International, September 2010) 2/3rds of business executives indicated that: existing transportation infrastructure increases their operating costs improving public transit and roads should be the main priority for the city s political leaders (KPMG November 2009/The Economist Intelligence Union January 2011) Toronto s transportation infrastructure rated low with other similar global cities and considered the city s biggest impediment to global competitiveness (PWC 2010) 6

7 Moving People and Freight Movement of people and movement goods are interdependent. Shared rail and road infrastructure. Shifting drivers to transit will free up road space for moving goods The Airport Rail Link is expected to reduce 1.2 million car trips of the current 5 million car trips a year between that travel between downtown Toronto and Pearson International Airport, ARL (opening 2015) The Big Move is a multi-modal plan with actions, policies and investments to move people and freight more efficiently and effectively together 7 7

8 A Big Move Key Objective: Goods Movement 1 A fast, frequent and expanded regional rapid transit network 2 High-order transit connectivity to the Pearson Airport District from all directions 3 An expanded Union Station - the heart of the GTHA s transportation system 4 A complete walking and cycling network with bike-sharing programs 5 An information system for travellers, where and when they need it 6 A region-wide integrated transit fare system 7 A system of interconnected mobility hubs 8 A comprehensive strategy for goods movement 9 An Investment Strategy to provide stable and predictable funding 8

9 Consultation with stakeholders to identify issues Dec 09 Oct 10 Metrolinx led consultation groups to develop a goods movement strategy Goods Movement Industry Roundtable; and Technical Working group Key Issues: Generally poor government understanding of goods movement and industry issues Lack of adequate planning for growth in the freight industry Industry is impacted by changes in global conditions but governments react to local/provincial/national issues Need for a broad national strategy to guide provincial and local strategies Ability to divert from truck mode is limited Multi-modal strategies are required 9

10 The GTHA Urban Freight Study (2011) Five strategic directions and 17 actions focused on: increasing the capacity for and efficiency of freight movement within the GTHA road freight, but also considers inter-modal connections to rail, air and marine freight Urban shorter haul, the last mile. Not been comprehensively studied in the GTHA Trips that begin and / or end in the GTHA Complements ongoing Continental Gateway and Trade Corridor initiative of the federal, Ontario and Quebec governments and the Peel Region Goods Movement Task Force agenda 10

11 Urban Freight Action Plan 11

12 1: Building Collaboration & Support - initiating a forum for exchange and innovation New GTHA Urban Freight Forum Forum to exchange information and generate action and inspire innovation Track collective progress against the Urban Freight Action Plan April & October meetings + Intergovernmental Committee meetings Includes government and industry members Collaboration with the Peel Goods Movement Task Force At the Fall meeting, we will present an annual progress report against the GTHA Urban Freight Action Plan On-going Collaboration Action trading with Peel Region Task Force, Transport Canada, MTO and Southern Ontario Gateway Council Action 1: Strengthen and collaborate with multi-sectoral forums Action 2: Establish an intergovernmental freight committee 12

13 2. Improving urban freight information building a baseline GTHA Urban Data Collection Study Addresses the need for coordinated Urban Goods Movement (UGM) data collection and data management to support policy and planning, modelling, analysis and benchmarking for goods movement in the GTHA Extending best practice from the regions to a GTHA wide survey, that could be used as an on going data capture tool Survey due to start May 2012, with results early 2013 Consultation with stakeholders: Steering group to ensure linked up to other relevant studies Presented at the GTHA Freight Forum, April 2012 Workshops, Fall 2011 and Fall 2012 Action 4: Improve data sharing on freight vehicles, routes and activities Action 5: Establish a GTHA urban freight data collection program 13

14 3. Increasing transportation network efficiency researching network opportunities GTHA Truck Route Map Developing scope with stakeholders Investigating the Potential for Truck Lanes in Urban Areas Partnering with the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) and 10 other Canadian municipal, regional and provincial agencies to explore the opportunities for increased efficiencies in the transportation network Freight on Transit Research Fellowship student to explore the potential and feasibility for moving freight on transit Action 6: Develop and protect a strategic GTHA truck network Action 7: Harmonize truck route standards and mapping Action 8: Investigate intelligent lane utilization and truck-only lanes Action 9: Explore opportunities for moving freight on transit 14

15 4. Enhance development & planning a proactive planning approach MTO Freight Supportive Land Use Guidelines Provides direction for long-term, local implementation of freightsupportive policies and practices across Ontario. Includes best practices, examples and implementation tools Consolidation centre research Researching the feasibility for a consolidation centre amongst downtown Toronto hospitals Action 10 :Develop freight-supportive land use guidelines Action 11: Support development of innovative freight hubs Action 12: Improve access to existing intermodal facilities Action 13: Plan and protect complementary land uses near major freight hubs 15

16 5. Improving operational practices- leading by example Transit Inventory Management Services (TIMS) Metrolinx is leading the development of Transit Inventory Management Services (TIMS) to improve the efficiency of the supply chain for transit vehicle parts. Objectives: improving operational practices reducing costs of inventory, costs of parts, obsolescence reducing carbon footprint improve parts availability streamline ordering for all partner transit agencies Action 14 : Use technology to optimise and manage the movement of goods 16

17 Progressing the Urban Freight Action Plan Creating a forum for implementation: Inaugural GTHA Urban Freight Forum, April 11 th 2012 Developing sub-committees for specific topics First inter-governmental committee (including Peel) June 27 th, 2012 Annual progress report, Fall 2012 to incorporate all Forum member project updates Developing a baseline of information: GTHA data collection project to improve our understanding of freight movements Workshop and report due in early 2013 Understanding opportunities: TAC truck-lane study, report due late 2012 Feasibility of small scale consolidation centre Exploring opportunities for moving freight on/at transit Improving our own operational practices: TIMs Continue to learn from best practices and engage with key stakeholders we want to learn from Peel s extensive experience in this field and explore joint GTHA initiatives we can implement together 17

18 Thank you 18