Have you seen these commute visualizations created by Anthony Smith?
Fight Gridlock is happy to see this graph, and we commend Anthony for his amazing efforts to help the public interpret data in meaningful and interesting ways.
This was a wonderful reminder of information that was presented during the HMLRT discussions in 2015:
“Over 65 per cent of all trips were taken within the Region and consists mostly of trips within Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon. It shows that improvements towards intra-regional transit and local short-distance active transportation trips could have a more significant impact on overall transportation.”
Source: Peel Long Range Transportation Plan, Update 2012
Based on the 2016 Census, the percentage of Brampton residents working in Peel has increased slightly to almost 67%. In terms of regional transit connections to neighbouring municipalities and how they compare to Brampton council’s “top 3 priorities” from 2013 — Queen St. service to Vaughan, GO train service to Toronto, and LRT into Mississauga — actual commute patterns of Brampton residents might be indicating that these priorities are worth revisiting.
- Travel to Mississauga: 28.9%
- Travel to Toronto: 19.9%
- Travel to Vaughan: 6.0%
Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-400-X2016325.
As always, we appreciate data (and maps!), and will continue to advocate for factual, evidence-based decision making from our elected representatives.
Ontario has opened two new lanes on Highway 410, from Highway 401 to Queen Street in Brampton, to improve traffic flow and get commuters moving.
Kevin Montgomery, founder of Fight Gridlock in Brampton, an advocacy group that promotes increased transit and cycling options for Brampton residents, believes that “induced demand” will quickly fill up the extra lanes.
Source: New 410 Highway Lanes Opened – Stand UP for Brampton
Please see here for a PDF for a copy of our latest correspondence to the Metrolinx Board for their September 2017 meeting. Please note that copies of all letters/emails sent to the Metrolinx Board are added to the official minutes of the Board meeting and acknowledged by the Chair before the meeting starts.
Our September 2017 letter covered the following topics that were mentioned in the Board report:
- Metrolinx 2017-18 Business Plan: Kitchener Corridor Expansion and Freight Bypass;
- Capital Projects Group Quarterly Report;
- Off-Peak GO Train Service;
- The Next Regional Transportation Plan (RTP): Draft Plan for Public Consultation; and
- Hurontario LRT (HuLRT)
Our letter for the June 2017 meeting is here. Topics included:
- Brampton-Halton Freight Rail Bypass (BHFRB) for the CN Rail Halton Subdivision;
- Off-Peak GO Train Service;
- Bramalea GO Station Revitalization;
- Naming of the Hurontario LRT (HuLRT) LRVs;
- High-Speed Rail (HSR); and
- Thank you
Our letter for the June 2016 meeting is here.
- Expanded GO Train Service for the Kitchener Corridor
A key note of the is letter is that it was jointly signed by a number of organizations in Brampton and along the Kitchener Corridor.
We noticed some media coverage of a City of Mississauga staff report on transit for our southerly neighbourhood. We enjoy reading transit reports and ones with maps. The main report is over 40 pages but the transit portion is just 13 of those pages so we’ve pulled them into a separate PDF. Download or view a copy here.
There is an public Open House for the Waterloo Region ION LRT (#wrLRT) on Saturday April 8th. It’ll be a great chance to see what LRT looks like in an Ontario context. The first of fourteen Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) will be on display. Exciting. We’ll be there!
(Photo credit: @Canardiain)
When the LRT is opened on Hurontario Street, it will be safer and more pleasant for pedestrians and cyclists.
Source: A better Hurontario Street – an LRT update | Marshall’s Musings