Encouraging Sustainable Transportation in Greater Sudbury
In December 2016, Greater Sudbury Council adopted a Transportation Master Plan. The Master Plan recommends a sustainable approach to planning and managing the local transportation network by making the most effective use of infrastructure for motorists, public transit, cyclists and pedestrians.
WSP has been retained to develop a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan for presentation to the Operations Committee of Greater Sudbury Council in early 2018.
What is Transportation Demand Management?
Transport Canada defines Transportation Demand Management (TDM) as a wide range of policies, programs, services and products that influence how, why, when and where people travel to create a more sustainable transportation network.
Put another way, the objectives of TDM are to motivate individuals to change modes of transportation (walk, cycle, take transit or carpool instead of driving alone), travel less (telework, link several purposes in one trip), or change trip times or routes (choose off-peak hours or less congested roads).
Next Steps for the Transportation Demand Management Plan development process:
Between May 15 and June 9, 2017, residents were invited to complete an online survey to provide the City with important information to develop a TDM Plan that will focus on moving people, rather than vehicles, throughout Greater Sudbury. The survey was completed by nearly 1500 residents, providing excellent data about how people travel throughout the community.
Draft programs, policies and services that can influence how, when and where individuals travel throughout Greater Sudbury will be developed over the summer months, building on data collected in the survey. In early fall 2017, residents and stakeholders will be invited to attend a workshop to provide feedback on the draft TDM Plan, prior to finalization and presentation to Council.
It is important to note that a TDM Plan is not a substitute for infrastructure, vehicles and services that people use to travel nor is it a substitute for land use planning. Rather, TDM is meant to complement all approaches to connect people and places within the community.
In May 2017, staff presented a report to Operations Committee to provide an introduction to Transportation Demand Management and outline the benefits and opportunities a TDM Plan may create for the City of Greater Sudbury:
Greater Sudbury’s Transportation Demand Management Plan is made possible by the Canada-Ontario Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The Government of Canada is cost-matching a municipal investment of $27,500 for the plan under the administration of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.