The emergence of the GTHA as one of the largest and fastest-growing urban region in North America in the 1970s and 1980s was spurred, in part, by a regional transportation network that was ahead of its time. In the last generation, however, we have not sufficiently invested in the region’s transit network. The recent Big Move investments in transit mean we now have shovels in the ground and new transit is being build. However, we need to continue to invest if we want to remain a competitive region.
Consider this; if you think congestion is bad now, The GTHA population will grow from 6.6 million today to 8.6 million in 2031. That is the equivalent of bringing the entire population of Greater Montreal to the region. It is an additional 1 million vehicles to our already bumper-to-bumper roads and highways and 7 million more trips a day.
Try your hand at addressing the congestion problem with Metrolinx’s Interactive #BigMove Activity