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John Howe - Metrolinx - Smart Transportation: Strategic Approaches

  1. 1. Presentation_ID © 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Public 1
  2. 2. Smart Transportation Strategic Approaches John Howe, General Manager Strategic Investments 2
  3. 3. Presentation Outline Introduction to Metrolinx and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area A vision for Smart Transportation Implementation strategies – incremental and bold scenarios: Government as a role-model leader At the workplace Schools, colleges and universities Traveller Information Systems Transportation pricing Parking management Keys to building the next-generation Smart Transportation system: Integrated planning and investment Three foundation pillars 3
  4. 4. Metrolinx: Introduction Established by legislation in 2006 A Province of Ontario initiative led by a predominantly municipal Board of Directors Responsible for integrated, multimodal transportation planning and investment in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area Other responsibilities: GO Transit capital and operations* PRESTO transit smart card* Smart Commute Strategic transit procurement * To be enacted 4
  5. 5. Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area Canada’s largest metro region Fifth largest and third fastest- growing metro region in North America Population: 6.1M today up to 8.6M by 2031 Coordination challenges: Six regional municipalities and amalgamated cities 24 local municipalities 10 transit service providers No “super-regional” government structure 5
  6. 6. Key Challenges Create one of the most Key trend 1986 to 2006: Auto dependency is growing faster than attractive, successful and population and economic growth sustainable metro regions in the world Population 44% Reduce dependency on single Employment 45% automobile use by creating: More competitive, seamless and Daily Trips (motorized) 46% sustainable mobility choices Daily Auto Trips 52% Sustainable transportation Vehicle-km of travel 94% investment and pricing Daily Transit Trips 17% strategies Home to work trip length 21% 6
  7. 7. A Vision for Smart Transportation An optimized transportation system that generates maximum contributions to social, environmental and economic sustainability Transportation authorities are investing in a suite of better mobility choices across the metro region Consumers are making better mobility choices at the individual level Attitudinal and institutional changes are successfully underway: Shift away from generations of automobile-centered thinking Capitalize on new technological opportunities Implement incentives and disincentives to influence mobility habits Supported by citizen engagement, performance measurement and public reporting 7
  8. 8. Implementation Strategies Government as a Role-Model Leader Incremental BOLD Municipalities required to implement Government staff receive free transit TDM plans passes as tax-exempt benefit Major new transportation projects and Employee and visitor paid parking development applications required to implemented at all government offices submit TDM plans Secure bicycle parking, showers and Government offices required to change facilities offered in government implement TDM plans with their offices employees TDM Plan Policies, programs, services and products to influence whether-why-when-where-how people travel 8
  9. 9. Implementation Strategies At the Workplace Incremental BOLD Legislated requirement for TDM plans at Provincial and federal governments treat mid- and large-sized workplaces employer-provided transit benefits as tax Employee transit benefits and exempt vanpooling offered by mid- and large- Free transit passes offered to sized workplaces employees at virtually all workplaces Paid parking for auto commuters Tax-exempt benefits extended to walk Bike parking and shower/change and cycle commuters facilities offered at most workplaces Mandated requirements for bike parking Flexible work hours and one-day per and shower/change facilities week telework offered to 50% of Telework offered two-days or more per employees with appropriate jobs week to over 50% of eligible employees High-profile recognition program for leading employers 9
  10. 10. Implementation Strategies Schools, Colleges and Universities Incremental BOLD TDM plans required for all educational Virtual classes: Widespread institutions telecommunications capability and “Active and safe routes” and ride- curricula reform to allow students to matching implemented in all schools learn from home part-time New schools are located and designed Greening and redevelopment programs to support walking and cycling for school parking lots Elementary school curricula address Full-cost pricing for student parking sustainable transportation Strict limits on student drop-off and parking areas Most colleges and universities offer universal transit passes (U-Pass) 10
  11. 11. Implementation Strategies Traveller Information Systems Incremental BOLD 511 system – universal phone access to Single integrated mobility trip planner – multimodal mobility information including walking and cycling, ride- Online transit trip planners available matching, and long-distance air, rail and through wireless devices bus – available through wireless devices Real-time traffic information available Real-time route optimization and pricing, through wireless devices reflecting actual traffic conditions, offered through in-vehicle navigation Next-bus real-time information available systems at key transit stations and mobility hubs Next-bus real-time information available at all transit stops 11
  12. 12. Implementation Strategies Transportation Pricing Incremental BOLD Annual vehicle registration fees reflect Region-wide tolls (value pricing) on distance driven freeways and major arterial roads Distance-based vehicle insurance Dedicated revenue streams used by offered by some insurers regional transportation authorities and Customized transit fares via smart cards municipalities to improve sustainable reflect customer loyalty, frequency and transportation infrastructure and trip lengths services Requirement for vehicle insurance premiums to be distance-based All free or subsidized employee parking treated as a taxable benefit 12
  13. 13. Implementation Strategies Parking Management Incremental BOLD Reduced parking supply minimums Surface parking restricted or prohibited based on access to auto-share, bicycle, near major transit stations and mobility transit and walking alternatives hubs Commercial and residential parking Public parking structures operated by “unbundled” from units local or regional authorities with full-cost Parking cash-out available at some pricing in effect workplaces Tax on commercial parking spaces – More residential condominium with revenues dedicated to sustainable developments include auto-share, transportation improvements bicycle storage and free transit passes Paid parking at major trip generators, including suburban retail malls 13
  14. 14. Building the Smart Transportation System Integrated Multimodal Planning and Investment Strategy Vision for System components: Sustainable Transportation and Active Transportation Sustainable Communities Mobility Hubs Movement of Goods and Services Roads and Highways Transportation Demand Management Transportation Investment Strategy Transit Dedicated revenue sources and tools Full-cost pricing Life-cycle asset management Integrated 25-Year Quick-Win five-year capital plans Regional Transportation Plan Rolling 10-year plans 14
  15. 15. Building the Smart Transportation System Three Foundation Pillars People Improved access and mobility for people of all ages and means Healthier lifestyle, reduced risk of illness, obesity and stress Vibrant communities with strong social ties and sense of place More time for families, recreation and relaxation Taxpayer relief – transportation costs shifted to users The Environment Lower consumption of and reliance on fossil fuels Lower greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impact Less degradation of water and natural resources Less neighborhood disruption caused by traffic Reduced land consumption for roads and parking Our Economy Lower cost, more affordable transportation options More reliable travel time and reduced congestion costs Stronger return on investment in infrastructure Reduced or deferred highway and road costs Enhanced adaptability to energy supply risks Healthier workforce and lower healthcare costs Support for technological innovation 15
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