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Transportation Data

Peel Region collects transportation data to better understand how traffic moves in and through the Region and why people travel the way they do.

Our transportation database lets us:

Programs, Initiatives and Resources

The Cordon Count Program collects data on how vehicles and people travel in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). 

Together with other GTA Regional municipalities and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Peel Region carries out full counts every 5 years and partial counts in between. The latest full counts and partial counts were completed in 2011 and 2014. 

The Region of Peel relies on this data to estimate future trends for passenger, vehicle, truck and transit trends, and to plan Peel's transportation system. 

Cordon Count data:

  • Provides the auto occupancy information we need to support High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and carpooling initiatives.
  • Tells us how many people are using transit, and how many are using vehicles.
  • Helps us monitor growth and impacts on road and transit facilities of various new developments.
  • Tells us how many and which types of commercial vehicles use Peel's roads.
  • Validates the forecast of the Region of Peel Travel Demand Forecasting Model
  • Is used as input for the Capital Roads Program and phasing of development in the Region.

Data Collection

Cordon Count data is collected at counting stations. These stations are located at major crossings, rail lines and building entrances throughout the Region.

Traffic data is recorded every 15 minutes over a 15-hour period, Mondays to Thursdays, from May to June.

Data Types

Cordon Count traffic data includes:

  • The total number of vehicles by modes (the different types of transportation including transit).
  • The total number of vehicles during different times of the day (such as rush hour).
  • How many people are in the vehicles (such as carpooling).
  • How many vehicles cross screen-lines/boundaries.
  • How many people are using transit.
  • The "Modal split": the number of trips or percentage of travelers who use a certain type of transportation.

Peel Cordon Count Summaries and Reports


More Information

To learn more about the Cordon Count Program, please contact:

Sabbir Saiyed
Manager, Transportation System Planning
Transportation Planning, Public Works
Region of Peel
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite B, 4th Floor
Brampton, ON L6T 4BV9
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 4352
E-mail: Sabbir Saiyed

Travel demand forecasting predicts how various transportation policies and programs will affect travel pattern in the future. 

For example, a travel demand forecast could predict how many vehicles are expected to use a new road. 

The information in a travel demand forecast helps municipalities decide future transportation improvements, policies, services and programs.

The Region of Peel Travel Forecasting Model

Transportation Planning staff developed the Region of Peel's Travel Demand Forecasting Model in 1978.

This model has been used in a number of the Region's transportation planning initiatives, including:

  • Planning of goods movement and sustainable transportation
  • Regional Environmental Assessment Studies
  • Regional Official Plan Schedules and Figures
  • The Development Charges Update
  • The Long Range Transportation Plan
  • Traffic Impact Studies

Region of Peel Transportation staff continue to update this model to meet the constantly changing and challenging needs of travel forecasting in Peel.

The Transportation Tomorrow Survey collects information on the demographics (age, gender, etc.) and travel choices and preferences of people who live in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. 

The TTS happens every 5 years. Peel Region has been participating in the surveys since 1986, along with the Ministry of Transportation Ontario, GO Transit, the Toronto Transit Commission, and 18 municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Transportation Tomorrow Survey data:

  • Helps us determine our long-range planning.
  • Serves as major source of the Travel Demand Forecasting model update.
  • Prompts changes to current policies or the development of new policies.
  • Tells us which transportation facilities and programs need to be improved.

Data Collection

The survey process starts with a letter being mailed to randomly selected households. This letter tells the residents that a professional interviewer will call to ask a few questions about their travel choices and preferences. 

During the phone survey, the interviewer gathers "trip data" of household members over 11 years of age. The survey aims to find out how, where and where trips were made on weekdays. 

Note: A "trip" is any one-way journey from one location to another by foot, bicycle or motorized vehicle. For walking, the interviewer collects only information on trips to and from work or school.)

Transportation Tomorrow Survey Summaries

More Information

To learn more about the Transportation Tomorrow Survey visit the University of Toronto’s Data Management Group page.

A travel time study is a survey conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Travel time studies collect samples of travel time, speed and delay on provincial highways, expressways, HOV lanes and selected main roads in the GTA and surrounding areas.

A travel time study:

The Peel Travel Time Study 2010 (PDF)
  • Lets us compare current traffic conditions to past conditions.
  • Shows us which roadways and areas are the most congested.
  • Shows us road improvement needs such as traffic signals timing adjustments

The Region of Peel has participated in the Travel Time Study every two years since 2006.

Data collection

All survey data are collected:

  • Using GPS (Global Positioning System)-equipped passenger vehicles travelling at average traffic flow speed.
  • Between 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (a.m. peak); 12 noon - 2:00 p.m. (mid-day); and 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (p.m. peak).

More Information

To learn more about Travel Time Study please contact:

Sabbir Saiyed
Manager, Transportation System Planning
Transportation Planning, Public Works
Region of Peel
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite B, 4th Floor
Brampton, ON L6T 4BV9
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 4352
E-mail: Sabbir Saiyed

Our Transportation fact sheets summarize Peel's transportation services and programs for Region of Peel residents, businesses and visitors.

Each fact sheet:

More Information

To learn more please contact:

Sabbir Saiyed
Manager, Transportation System Planning
Transportation Planning, Public Works
Region of Peel
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite B, 4th Floor
Brampton, ON L6T 4BV9
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 4352
E-mail: Sabbir Saiyed

Other Traffic Data: Recording, Daily Traffic and Turning Counts

Automatic Traffic Recorder (ATR)

Automatic Traffic Recorders collect data on how many vehicles use a particular roadway over a 24-hour period. ATR counts also provide information on the type and speed of vehicles. Data is collected by using rubber tubing that is stretched across a roadway and connects to a counting device. There are approximately 232 ATR stations in Peel Region.

Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Annual Average Daily Traffic is a calculation of the total number of vehicles that pass a certain place in an average weekday of the year.
AADT measurements are based on the data collected using Automatic Traffic Recorders.

Turning Movement Counts (TMC)

A Turning Movement Count (TMC), counts the movement of vehicles and pedestrians at an intersection. The count is done by hand during morning, mid-day and afternoon peak hours.
The data is summarized to show when the intersection is the busiest, which are the peak hours of use.

More Information

Contact Peel's Traffic Operations Group for more information on Automatic Traffic Recording, Annual Average Daily Traffic and Turning Movement Counts in the Region of Peel.