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 update the 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 update the 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.

  • City-wide Virtual Information Session - Wednesday June 26th

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    To kick-off consultation for Part 2 of the Transportation Master Plan Update, there will be a virtual city-wide virtual information session on Wednesday June 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

    To attend, please register here (External link).

    This session will give an overview of the Transportation Trends Report and the Needs, Opportunities and Uncertainty Report and the implications on how the City plans its future transit and road networks.

    You can ask questions and share comments during a dedicated Q&A time.

    To view the French version of this blog post, please click here.

  • Launch of Phase 4 of the TMP Consultations and Public Engagement Event

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    The City is pleased to begin consultation on the TMP Part 2 following the approval of TMP Part 1 in 2023. TMP Part 2 will identify the transit and road projects that are needed to accommodate growth and achieve the City’s objectives for a healthy, livable city. It will also identify a subset of projects that are affordable within the City’s long-range financial plans, along with the corresponding timelines for implementation.

    As part of this phase of consultation, residents are invited to tell us about the transportation issues you experience when travelling by car or transit using the survey below. We would also like to hear about your transportation investment priorities.

    You are also invited to review the Transportation Trends Report presenting the results of the 2022 Origin-Destination household travel survey. This survey provides a snapshot of residents’ daily travel, including trip origins and destinations, modes of travel, and trip purposes. Key findings are summarized in the Transportation Trends Highlights document. Finally, the Needs, Opportunities and Uncertainty Report discusses the implications of the Origin-Destination survey results on how the City plans its future transit and road networks. It also provides a summary of the approach that will be used for forecasting future travel activity in the next phase of the study. All three reports can be found in the Document Library on this page.

    The City will host an online virtual engagement on Wednesday, June 26 from 6pm to 8pm. Please register for the event here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctd-CopzwrG9Vbtt_KVGgfzlMVJCp7qAFl

    Survey #1: Mapping transportation issues


    Survey #2: Transportation Investment Priorities


    Both surveys will be available until August 30th, 2024.

    In the coming months, work will continue on the TMP Part 2. This will include finalizing the travel forecasting model and identifying locations where transportation improvements are needed to support growth. The TMP team will then identify and evaluate transit and road projects; update the City’s future transportation networks; prioritize projects; and develop an implementation plan.

    For more information, please email tmpupdate@ottawa.ca

    To view the French version of this blog post, please click here.

    If a resident does not have access to the internet to complete the survey, or would like additional support filling out the survey, please contact 3-1-1 for assistance.

  • Approved Transportation Master Plan – Part 1

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    The Transportation Master Plan – Part 1 was approved at the City Council meeting of April 26, 2023. The staff report, supporting materials and recordings of the Transportation Committee and Council meetings can be found on the City’s website.

    Part 1 included the TMP Policies, Active Transportation Projects and Networks, and Transit and Road Project Prioritization Frameworks for TMP Part 2, development of the Capital Infrastructure. The document library on this website contains these documents.

    The next step is the development of the TMP Capital Infrastructure Plan, including additional public engagement on travel patterns and trends, transit and road projects, and network investment scenarios. Please continue to watch this project website and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.

    To view the French version of this blog post, please click here.

  • Special Meeting of the Transportation Committee

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    Staff will bring forward Part 1 of the TMP Update at a Special Meeting of the Transportation Committee on Monday, April 17th. The staff report and supporting materials are available on the City’s website. Pending the approval of committee, the staff report will rise to Council on Wednesday, April 26th.

    For information on how to watch and participate in committee, please visit the City’s website.

    Thank you to all participants in Part 1 of the TMP Update. The document library on this website includes reports on consultation results and changes to the materials following consultation.

    The next step in the TMP Update process is the development of the Capital Infrastructure Plan (Part 2 of the TMP), including additional public engagement on proposed transit and road projects and network investment scenarios.

  • Updated TMP Part 1 is now posted

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    We are releasing updated TMP Part 1 materials, refined based on feedback received from residents and stakeholders during TMP Phase 3 Public Engagement. The updated materials include the following:


    Part 1 of the TMP Update will be finalized in the coming months as staff prepare to bring forward a report for approval to a special Transportation Committee meeting and Council in April.

    Thank you to all participants in the TMP Phase 3 Public Engagement. Along with the updated materials, the Document library includes reports on consultation results and changes to the materials following consultation.

    The next step in the TMP update process is the development of the Capital Infrastructure Plan (Part 2 of the TMP), including additional public engagement on proposed transit and road projects and network investment scenarios.

    If you have any questions or would like to provide comments, you can always do so through tmpupdate@ottawa.ca.


  • Updated TMP Policies and Highlights now posted

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    The updated TMP Polices document will guide our transportation decisions to 2046 and help Ottawa fulfill its vision of becoming the most liveable mid-sized city in North America. For an overview of the TMP Policies, a Highlight document is also available.

    The TMP Policies were refined based on the results of the TMP Phase 3. A supporting report summarizes the changes to the draft Policies.

  • Updated Active Transportation Project List and Network Maps now posted

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    The updated Active Transportation Projects List is available for viewing in the Document library section of the website.

    You can also view the updated active transportation networks at the links below:


    Staff are currently working to update GeoOttawa to reflect the Active Transportation Project changes and this should be available shortly. Changes to the proposed projects are the result of additional work undertaken by staff as well as in response to feedback received from the public and are documented in this report. Summaries of the TMP Phase 3 and Phase 2 engagement, including active transportation topics, are available for viewing in the Document library.

  • Transit and Road Project Prioritization Frameworks now posted

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    The TMP Capital Infrastructure Plan will identify transit and road projects that are needed to accommodate future travel demand and that should be included within the City’s ultimate future networks; transit options will be reviewed first, followed by roads. The transit and road projects in the Ultimate Networks will be prioritized for implementation using the proposed Transit and Road Project Prioritization Frameworks. The frameworks will be used to compare projects of the same type – i.e. to prioritize new roads and road widening projects relative to one another, and to prioritize transit projects relative to one another.

    The Transit and Road Project Prioritization Frameworks were developed based on Official Plan objectives, TMP Policies, and the frameworks from the 2013 TMP. They were also reviewed and refined based on the results of the TMP Phase 3 engagement. A Consultation Summary Report presents the results of engagement on the prioritization frameworks and changes to the frameworks following the Phase 3 engagement.

  • “As We Heard It” report

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    Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent consultations on the Transportation Master Plan (December 2021 to April 2022). The TMP Team has been working to review the comments and feedback received. The following three documents provide summaries of the input received:

    As part of finalizing the TMP Part 1 – Policies and the active transportation projects in Q1 2023, we will post a separate document that shows the changes. A separate report will document the results of the June 2022 consultation on the draft road and transit project evaluation frameworks.

  • TMP Consultation on Road and Transit Project Evaluation Criteria

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Part 1 of the TMP, released in draft in December 2021, proposed sets of evaluation criteria (Policy 8-1 and Policy 9-2).

    The City is now expanding on these proposed criteria and are inviting the public to provide feedback on the methodologies that will be used to score future road and transit projects in Part 2 of the TMP, the Capital Infrastructure Plan. Highest scoring projects will be prioritized for implementation and lowest scoring projects will not be pursued.

    The proposed evaluation criteria can be found at these links.

    Road Project Evaluation Criteria

    Transit Project Evaluation Criteria

    You can view an FAQ on the evaluation criteria here.


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