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Virtual Open House #1

To meet the needs of residents, businesses and visitors, the City of Vaughan is working on a new Vaughan Transportation Plan. The new plan will identify projects that will help meet your transportation needs as Vaughan grows in the next 20 years. Click through the slides to learn more about the project. Some slides will have areas where you can provide your feedback on certain topics.

The commenting period for this virtual open house is open from Thursday, Nov 18, 2021 to Thursday, Dec 9, 2021.
Comments can also be emailed to transportationplan@vaughan.ca.

Your feedback is important and will help shape the future. Public and stakeholder consultation is an essential component of the Vaughan Transportation Plan.

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that the City of Vaughan is situated in the Territory and Treaty 13 lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee.

The City of Vaughan is currently home to many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people today. As representatives of the people of the City of Vaughan, we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and live in this territory.

Welcome to Virtual Open House #1

Introduction

The City of Vaughan is one of Ontario’s fastest-growing cities – home to approximately 341,600 residents and 240,200 jobs. Today, the majority of people in Vaughan choose to travel using their private vehicle. This is because Vaughan’s transportation system has been developed in a way that makes it very easy to drive everywhere. However, traffic in Vaughan can be very congested, especially on major roads, because of the number of people who are trying to go to work, school, home, or to run errands, all on the road network.

As the city continues to grow, naturally more people will need to travel within, to and from Vaughan. Experience from other cities in Ontario shows that focusing on only widening roads can be expensive and that the relief from congestion is temporary. To address this, the City is preparing the Vaughan Transportation Plan, which will enable sustainable and effective ways to travel that don’t always require you to drive. A transportation system with more than one way to travel from point A to point B is better equipped to accommodate everyone’s needs. For this to become reality, the City has to improve the experience of travel options beyond driving, such as transit, cycling and walking.

As you read through the materials of this open house, we have identified transportation projects which we believe will give you more ways to travel to where you need to go. We welcome your thoughts, comments and feedback on these projects, or suggestions for projects that we should consider, that will help us give you, your family, and future residents, and businesses in Vaughan a high-quality, cost-effective, safe and environmentally friendly transportation system.

Goals

Goals of the Study: Build Infrastructure, Change Culture, Think Forward

Objectives


Connectivity, safety, reliability/resilience, accessibility, equitability, financial sustainability, environmental stewardship.

Study Process and Timeline

The Vaughan Transportation Plan is being conducted in accordance with the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process. This means that it will:

  • Identify the problems and opportunities for the transportation system in Vaughan
  • Determine alternative solutions to these problems or take advantage of the available opportunities
  • Evaluate the alternative solutions to recommend a preferred solution

Your input will be vital to ensure that we haven’t missed any solutions to the problems, or missed any opportunities, as well as to ensure that our evaluation and preferred solution makes sense to you.


Street Study Map

Updated and Related Plans

The Vaughan Transportation Plan must align with Regional and Provincial policies and plans. The following are a list of plans and policies that will guide the development of the transportation plan:

  • Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan
  • A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2019)
  • York Region Official Plan 2016 Office Consolidation (2016)
  • York Region Transportation Master Plan (2016)
  • Vaughan Transportation Master Plan: A New Path (2012)

View these documents at vaughan.ca/TransportationPlan

Updates Since the 2012 Transportation Master Plan

Since the 2012 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was completed, the City has achieved a number of planning milestones:

Vaughan Official Plan (2010 Office Consolidation)
Outlines numerous policies that affect the future growth of the City and its transportation system. The VTP will set the direction for the City's transportation investments that is consistent with the growth management policies of the Official Plan. The City is currently undergoing an Official Plan Review.​

Green Directions Vaughan (2019):
Approved by Council in 2019, this plan describes the City’s environmental and sustainability priorities. It outlines a new set of actions that will guide the City of Vaughan and its residents to help achieve an even healthier, natural environment filled with vibrant communities and a strong economy.​

Secondary Plans for Intensification Areas:
Secondary Plans are more detailed development policies to guide growth and change in a defined area of the City, typically those with new or planned transit investment that can support more people and jobs. The City has completed plans for several areas that are focused on transit-supportive development.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update (2020):
Includes a priority network with regional, local routes and the 100-kilometre Vaughan Super Trail.​

Vaughan's Infrastructure

Click on each tab to explore the maps and better understand the characteristics of the study area.

What We’ve Learned So Far

The project team has studied Vaughan’s existing transportation network and completed initial outreach activities to learn about how people travel through the city and ideas for improving travel choices. Thank you to everyone who has participated! Consultation activities included:

  • Community survey
  • Email update and invitation to participate to all registered ratepayer groups/community associations
  • Email update and invitation to participate to Indigenous communities
  • Collaboration with the City of Vaughan Transportation and Infrastructure Task Force
  • Pop-up workshops in early 2020, including attending Hometown Hockey in Vaughan, Vaughan Winterfest and the Vaughan Business Expo
  • Stakeholder workshops with:
    • Development industry
    • Major employers and businesses
    • Goods movement businesses, major chains and retailers
  • Staff Communication to Council in April 2021
  • Meeting with the City of Vaughan Older Adult Task Force

WALKING

Vaughan’s pedestrian network is well-developed, but there are challenges when crossing major barriers such as Highway 400 or even major roads such as Highway 7. Employment areas are often very spread out and have very few sidewalks. Walking can be improved by creating pedestrian-friendly streets, providing more areas to walk between buildings and within residential areas for better connectivity and improving sidewalk conditions between transit and major employment destinations.

CYCLING

The cycling network in Vaughan has been slowly improving over time. Prioritizing safe and comfortable cycling routes gives people another choice when travelling to a destination a short distance away. Cyclists in Vaughan generally prefer to use protected bike lanes and dedicated cycle tracks since these provide some separation from cars. In addition, providing more cycling routes between destinations and subdivisions, as well as more education on bike use and safety, would encourage more people to ride.

TRANSIT

People will choose to take transit when it is frequent and reliable. There are opportunities to improve transit on major corridors which lack frequent service, particularly in the east-west direction to get to employment areas in western Vaughan. There are also opportunities to improve the sidewalk network in areas that have long distances between transit stops, to make it easier for people to walk directly to a transit stop.​

DRIVING

The backbone of Vaughan's vehicle network consists of major arterial roads spaced about two kilometres apart from one another. These roads enclose and form the primary connection between isolated blocks of residential, commercial and employment lands. Providing more connecting roads between these blocks, located between the arterial roads, would provide drivers with more route choices and reduce the reliance on the major roads to travel. This would mean that if one road was congested, drivers would be able to disperse to other routes. At the same time, it is important to make sure that our existing roads are operating as safe and efficient as possible, especially at intersections with traffic signals.

Feedback Questions

Tell Us Your Transportation Story!

How do you get around Vaughan? Use the space below to tell us how you travel now and how you hope to travel in the future.

Consider the following questions as you tell us your story:

  • What is your daily transportation experience? How do you commute to work (currently and pre-pandemic) or get around Vaughan to run errands?
  • How would you prefer to get around Vaughan? (Cycling, taking transit, etc.)
  • What transportation options or infrastructure do you feel Vaughan can improve on?
  • What are your biggest frustrations with getting through/around the city? (Traffic, lack of cycling lanes, etc.)

EXAMPLE: My partner and I live in Vaughan with our two kids. We are a one-vehicle household. My partner works typical business hours at a packaging facility in town and commutes via car. I work part-time down in Yorkville, Toronto, and take the subway. Our kids are involved in several after-school activities, but getting them there on time is sometimes a struggle, as traffic often delays my partner’s drive home. If a more expansive bus or transit system existed in Vaughan, my family could more reliably meet our commitments.

Draft Problem and Opportunity Statement

Vaughan is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada. The VTP is a long-term blueprint to move people and goods safely, efficiently and sustainably, supporting current and future residents, businesses and visitors.

There are opportunities to improve the city’s transportation system. The city has largely been built for the private automobile resulting in large proximity between land uses, reliance on private automobile travel, and traffic congestion.

As the city intensifies through provincial and regional transit investments, there are opportunities to address the needs for all modes of travel.

Special emphasis should be placed on addressing active transportation and transit needs - including the connectivity and safety of active transportation infrastructure and the accessibility and frequency of transit service.

By building the right infrastructure, encouraging a culture change, and thinking forward, the City has an opportunity provide high-quality, attractive, competitive and sustainable mobility choices.

Proposed Solutions

The proposed solutions have been identified based on the infrastructure identification and prioritization methodology developed for this study. This methodology was developed with the intention of identifying all potential solutions with as few restrictions as possible. Some of the improvements in the proposed solutions may not be implementable due to factors such as natural environment features, existing land ownership, and other reasons which would be explored in further detail in subsequent studies, should the proposed solution be selected as preferred.

Business as Usual (BAU)

This alternative includes planned road and transit improvements in previous studies from the City of Vaughan, York Region, and provincial plans such as the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan. All of the subsequent alternatives are building upon the Business As Usual (BAU) alternative.



Alternative 1: New Roads Alternative

BAU plus Auto Improvements
This alternative includes all road and transit projects included in BAU, with additional road network improvements identified through the analysis of the auto and transit network in Vaughan’s transportation network.

*Road extension technically justified but will not be implemented as per Council resolution.
**Road extension is technically justified, but in the past has failed to receive approval from municipal and/or provincial government(s) and may not be implementable.

Alternative 2: Green Alternative

BAU plus Active Transportation and Transit Improvements
This alternative includes all road and transit projects included in BAU, with additional above-ground transit and active transportation network improvements identified through the analysis of the auto, transit, and active transportation network in Vaughan’s transportation network.

Transit improvement refers to adding new transit lines or increasing service frequencies of existing transit lines; new transit infrastructure refers to adding new dedicated right-of-way for transit service.



Alternative 3: Multi-modal Alternative

BAU plus Active Transportation, Transit and Auto Improvements
This alternative includes all road and transit projects included in BAU, with all above-ground transit and active transportation network improvements identified in Alternative 2 and a subset of road network improvements identified in Alternative 1.

Transit improvement refers to adding new transit lines or increasing service frequencies of existing transit lines; new transit infrastructure refers to adding new dedicated right-of-way for transit service.

*Road extension technically justified but will not be implemented as per Council resolution.

Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the alternative solutions for the Vaughan Transportation Plan:

Accessibility and Connectivity

Does the alternative make it easier for users to get to more route options?

Environmental Stewardship

Does the alternative support environmental goals and objectives?

Equity

Does the alternative provide better transportation choices and experiences for all users?

Financial Sustainability

Is the alternative cost effective?

Reliability and Resilience

Does the alternative improve the reliability of infrastructure for all modes and users?

Safety

Does the alternative provide more safe travel choices for all users?

Feedback Question



Next Steps

Thank you for participating; your input is very valuable to us!​

Please fill out the comment box below to provide any additional input. The comment period for this virtual open house will remain open until Thursday, Dec 9, 2021.

For more information visit us at: vaughan.ca/TransportationPlan

If you have any questions or accessibility requirements, please contact us: 905-832-2281 OR transportationplan@vaughan.ca.