Improve Goods Movement
Outcome: Reduce congestion on high volume truck routes at peak hours.
Measurement: Average travel time on high priority goods movement routes
While the goods movement industry is vital to Peel's economy, it is a contributing factor to traffic congestion on the roads, which is a key concern of Peel citizens. With a growing population, the demand on Peel's road network will continue to rise. Currently, there are 698,000 trips daily in the morning peak period. With an increase in population to 2 million by 2041, the Regional road network is expecting 1,001,000 trips in the morning peak period each day. To manage the increase in trips in a more sustainable way, the Region of Peel is working towards a goal of half of these trips being reduced through sustainable modes by 2041.
While the issue of traffic congestion is complex and will not be solved by any one strategy or by our organization alone, the Region of Peel is taking proactive and innovative steps this Term of Council to contribute to reducing congestion and travel time on high volume truck routes during peak hours in order to benefit both residents and the goods movement industry.
In 2017, we:
- Improved efficiency (travel time, congestion and CO2 emissions) on four routes by 16.8% on average through the coordination of signal timings, (Queen Street, Cawthra Road, Derry Road & Britannia Road).
- Partnered to create a Smart Freight Centre program for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in partnership with other municipalities, universities, industry experts and the Provincial government in order to coordinate the implementation of tactics, such as off peak deliveries.
- Completed a control room for Caledon, to help monitor traffic and incidents, which allow for real-time improvements to reduce congestion, similar to the traffic management centres in Misissauga and Brampton.
* Analysis demonstrated that the Queen Street corridor (from Airport to Hwy 50) was already operating at peak efficiency.