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  • 1. Ontario’s 2012 Transit-Supportive Guidelines: Transit Improvement Strategies Ontario East Municipal Conference September 12, 2012 Ministry of Transportation 1
  • 2. Transit Improvement Guidelines  Increasing transit ridership, a provincial priority  Since 2004, $2.2 billion committed to municipal transit systems through dedicated gas taxes  Aim of funding: to support municipalities in growing ridership  Expanded transit content in Guidelines to assist municipal transit providers in developing strategies for ridership growth 2
  • 3. Ridership growth 2000 to 2010 3
  • 4. Transit Systems in Eastern Ontario 25 transit systems Conventional & Specialized-11 Conventional only - 6 Specialized only - 8 4
  • 5. Most municipal transit systems inEastern Ontario serve small populations 5
  • 6. Demographics affecting transportation By 2036 – 23.4% of Ontario population age 65+ 6
  • 7. Share of seniors population by region Most of Eastern Ontario projected to have over 25% seniors by 2036 7
  • 8. Smaller transit systems tend to servetransit-dependent* Can’t drive or do not own cars Seniors Persons with disability Students Lower incomes* Todd Litman. Evaluating Public Transit Benefits and Costs. Victoria Transport Policy Institute (2012), p. 5. 8
  • 9. Challenges of small and mid-sizedsystems Lower populations, lower densities Dispersed origins and destinations Higher operating costs, lower fare revenues Greater need for accessible transit & facilities 9
  • 10. Sample guidelines for smaller systems3.1.3 Demand-Responsive Transit Service (p. 104)Flexible services address low densities, dispersed destinations  Mixing fixed routes with requested pick- ups & stops to overcome longer distances to and from transit stops  Using taxis/vans to add capacity or as feeder service in outlying areas 10
  • 11. Sample guidelines for smaller systems3.5.3 Targeting Ridership through Partnerships (p. 142)Forming partnerships to target groups with high transit use helpsmaintain ridership and fare revenues Schools and colleges; provide student passes Health and social agencies, medical centres , seniors housing, to serve client groups 11
  • 12. Sample guidelines for smaller systemsCommunity Transportation (3.1.3 #9, p.105)Forming partnerships with other transportation service providerscan optimize use of transportation assets and lower costs Coordinate service with long-term care, social service agencies, hospitals, volunteer organizations  One number to call  Sharing vehicle and operators to provide more trips, meet unmet demand 12
  • 13. Sample guidelines for smaller systems3.4.1 Universal Design for Accessibility (p. 124)Accessible design and services remove barriers to mobility, makingtransit accessible to people of all ages and all abilities  Transit accessibility requirements in Ontario Accessible Transportation Standard  Make entire transit trip accessible:  route to transit stops  walkways  transit stops/shelters  stairs/ramps  parking lots  stations/platforms  vehicles 13
  • 14. Sample Guidelines for smaller systems3.5.2 Changing Demographics (p. 138)Plan transit to serve needs of aging population with increase inmobility disabilities Work with social agencies and healthcare networks to determine travel needs of older clients Assess all transit facilities, routes, stops for safety and comfort for seniors Assess whether transit destinations, hours and frequencies serve seniors 14
  • 15. Sample guidelines for smaller systems3.2.1 Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (p. 108)Performance monitoring and evaluation provides systematicapproach to implementing service improvements  Performance measurement builds understanding of service levels (service gaps, areas of opportunity)  Setting strategic goals is 1st step to developing service standards and service plan 15
  • 16. Sample guidelines for smaller systems 1.2.2 Transit Network Design and Planning (p. 30) Sets out principles of transit network design with emphasis on connectivity and aligning network to growth and changes in local land use  Growing small to mid-size communities can add cross town routes to provide more direct service as nodes emerge Case study on Oakville’s transition from radial network to grid (p. 168) 16