Transportation Master Plan Update

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Logo for the Transportation Master Plan Update shows a circle with the cardinal arrows (east, west, north, south) and graphic representations of different modes of transportation: walking, cycling, light rail, car and bus.

Moving in the right direction

Ottawa has grown into a city of one million residents. Over the next 25 years, that number is expected to grow to more than 1.4 million. With that kind of growth, we need to revisit how people, vehicles and goods move through our city.

As we set the vision for our updated Transportation Master Plan, we have important decisions to make as individuals and as a city. While some might be easy, others will require more thought. We need to have thoughtful and meaningful discussions to ensure Ottawa becomes the most liveable mid-sized city in North America.

Transportation decisions affect all of Ottawa’s residents and businesses. No matter if you walk, drive, cycle, bus, take the light rail transit or scoot, whether you ship products or have them delivered, or whether you own or share a car, how people and goods move through the city affects you. All the choices we make moving forward will require some give and take. Tell us what’s important to you and how our transportation system can move us in the right direction for decades to come.

Stay involved!

Sign up for updates on the many upcoming opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement at each phase of the master plan update.

Moving in the right direction

Ottawa has grown into a city of one million residents. Over the next 25 years, that number is expected to grow to more than 1.4 million. With that kind of growth, we need to revisit how people, vehicles and goods move through our city.

As we set the vision for our updated Transportation Master Plan, we have important decisions to make as individuals and as a city. While some might be easy, others will require more thought. We need to have thoughtful and meaningful discussions to ensure Ottawa becomes the most liveable mid-sized city in North America.

Transportation decisions affect all of Ottawa’s residents and businesses. No matter if you walk, drive, cycle, bus, take the light rail transit or scoot, whether you ship products or have them delivered, or whether you own or share a car, how people and goods move through the city affects you. All the choices we make moving forward will require some give and take. Tell us what’s important to you and how our transportation system can move us in the right direction for decades to come.

Stay involved!

Sign up for updates on the many upcoming opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement at each phase of the master plan update.

  • TMP Schedule Update

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    Updated October 2021

    The schedule for the TMP Update has been revised due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    A memo to the Mayor and Council was released on June 30, 2021 (see document library on this site) to inform Council of changes to the timing of the Origin-Destination (OD) travel survey – a critical input to the TMP Update. As such, the schedule of the TMP Update has been revised. As noted in the memo, the completion date for the network development and prioritization elements of the TMP Update is Fall 2024. In the interest of moving the project forward, the TMP Update will be re-structured into two parts: a policy document; and a capital infrastructure plan for transit, active transportation, and roads. Since the TMP policies are not impacted by the OD Survey, the policy document continues to be developed, and will be brought forward for public consultation in Fall 2021 and to Council for approval in Spring 2022. The capital infrastructure plan will be developed after the OD Survey, and will be brought forward for approval in Fall 2024.

    [NOTE: The original approved scope of work for the TMP Update (which includes updates to the Active Transportation Plan, formerly the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan and Ottawa Cycling Plan) identified completion of the TMP Update in April 2022.]

    Watch this project website and subscribe to the newsletter for further updates and details on how to participate in consultations.

  • Phase 2 Engagement Summary Report Posted

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    A summary of the results of the second phase of public engagement on the TMP Update, including the Active Transportation Plan online activity, is now posted. Both summary reports are available for viewing in the Document library section of the website

  • TMP Phase 2 Public Engagement is Now Complete

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    Thank you to all participants that responded to the survey. Results of the survey will be posted in the coming months.

  • Fill Out The New Online Questionnaire Until October 23, 2020!

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Thank you to all participants that responded to the survey. Results of the survey will be posted later this year.

    The questionnaire included questions on the focus areas and network principles that will shape Ottawa’s new Active Transportation Plan, an updated plan that will combine the Ottawa Cycling Plan and the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan into one, and guide the policies and actions for the development of the city’s pedestrian and cycling network.

    View this video and look at our digital display boards to learn more about the topics discussed in the questionnaire.

  • Active Transportation Plan - Missing Pedestrian and Cycling Links

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    Ottawa’s updated Active Transportation (AT) Plan will combine the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan and the Ottawa Cycling Plan into one.

    Until October 23, use the online mapping activity to help shape the AT Plan by sharing your thoughts on:

    • The missing links in the walking and cycling network - to help identify possible cycling and pedestrian projects;

    • The criteria that will be used to rank possible projects for short- or long-term implementation; and,

    • Proposed design principles - how to create the right level of separation between cyclists, pedestrians and motorized vehicles based on where the networks are located and the roads around them.

    View this video and look at our digital display boards to learn more about these topics.

  • New Mobility - New Technologies Are Changing How We Move Around Our City

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    New mobility is any technology or business model that has the potential to complement and/or disrupt the way we currently move around the city. These new mobility options include automation, connectivity, electrification, and sharing. While these new technologies offer a number of potential benefits (e.g., greater number of travel choices, more equity, improved safety, reduced environmental impact), they also include some potential risks that are worth considering.

    View this video, look at our digital display boards, and read our discussion paper to find out more, and fill out the online questionnaire before October 23 to share your thoughts!

  • The TMP Update - Policy Connections

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    The Transportation Master Plan is very closely connected with the City of Ottawa’s New Official Plan, and the Climate Change Master Plan. Together, all of these plans will form the basis for how our city moves forward in a sustainable way.

    We invite you to review these plans, and to view this video, look at our digital display boards, and review our Vision and Guiding Principles to learn more about the connections between the plans.

  • Fall 2020 Consultations

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    The approved scope of work for the TMP Update (which includes updates to the Active Transportation Plan, formerly the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan and Ottawa Cycling Plan) identifies completion of the TMP Update in April 2022. As detailed in the August 18th memo to the Mayor and Council, the completion date for the TMP Update and new Active Transportation Plan has been revised to be the fall of 2023. The memo can be found in the TMP Document Library on this website.

    The second phase of consultation on the TMP Update started in February 2020 and was planned to be completed in May. This phase will be expanded to include online consultations and extended into the fall to ensure sufficient time for proper consultation with the public.

    Watch this project website and subscribe to the newsletter for further updates and details on how to participate in the consultations.

  • COVID-19 and the TMP Update

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the City’s transportation system. It has affected how, when, and where people travel. Transit ridership, auto traffic, pedestrian volumes, and cycling trips have all fluctuated over the course of the pandemic, and things are still in a state of flux.

    In terms of planning for the future of transportation in Ottawa we face many uncertainties, but some things are certain:

    • The pandemic has changed the way many people travel in our city. Some of those changes are short-term and will revert to the way they were before the pandemic; other changes will be with us for some time, but will eventually recede; and still other changes are permanent, representing a “new normal” for transportation in Ottawa.

    • We have witnessed major shifts in transportation behaviour. For instance, the uptake of working from home (in many cases, compulsory) has been well beyond even the most optimistic historical projections.

    • Travel patterns and traffic volumes have not yet settled into a “new normal”. Many emergency restrictions and temporary conditions are still in place, and will be for some time.

    • There will be a continued need for travel in the future, including the need for a safe, reliable public transit system to serve the travel needs of Ottawa’s growing population.

    The City and other authorities across Canada and around the world are monitoring the evolving impacts of the pandemic on transportation and considering both short-term and long-term implications. The update of Ottawa’s Transportation Master Plan will need to take these into account. As travel patterns continue to fluctuate, the City is actively monitoring traffic volumes, transit ridership, and other transportation metrics to help track the impacts of the pandemic. The City will be collecting additional data in the future to use for the TMP Update.

    There continues to be uncertainty about the future, so we cannot predict exactly what will happen. However, we can use “scenario planning” to develop a set of possible futures and then develop plans based on those different futures. Over time, as conditions stabilize and uncertainties about the future diminish, we can refine our scenario planning and more confidently plan for the future.

    In the meantime, we are moving forward with planning for Ottawa’s transportation future based on the information available to us, and in consultation with stakeholders, other levels of government, elected officials, and residents.

  • Phase 1 Engagement Summary Report and Draft Vision & Guiding Principles now posted

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    A summary of the results of the first phase of public engagement on the TMP Update is now posted. You can also view the draft Vision & Guiding Principles that were developed based on the input we received. Both documents are available for viewing in the Document library section of the website.

Page last updated: 27 October 2021, 14:59