Niagara's Transportation Strategy
Niagara's 2002 transportation strategy contains directions and initiatives related to the improvement of the Region's transportation network.
Since 2002, a number of policy documents have been completed, including:
- Niagara Region Policy Plan
- Places to Grow
- Greenbelt Plan
- Big Move
Many projects are either completed or underway in the hopes of meeting the goals of document.
As the strategy nears its 10th anniversary, the Region is reviewing the document to ensure its content and recommendations are still relevant, current and appropriate.
Directions, Objectives and Key Themes
The original transportation strategy contained eight strategic directions and 12 strategic objectives.
After review, those elements have been consolidated as follows:
- Improve travel and commuting conditions within, to and from Niagara for our residents, employees and visitors
- Improve conditions for the efficient and appropriate movement of goods within, to and from Niagara
- Support sustainable transportation and land use development as means to improve quality of life and provide environmental stewardship
- Continue to push for the construction of the Niagara to GTA Transportation Corridor to provide an alternative route through the Region for international trade and support economic and urban development in the southern tier of the region
- Continue to work with MTO to improve highway access and add capacity to the QEW and Highway 406
- Improve our arterial road system to provide safe, efficient access for all within the Region and across major physical barriers
- Expand transit services within Niagara, and work towards integration of transit services between Niagara and surrounding areas to provide services for all our residents, employees and visitors regardless of their physical abilities or mobility challenges
- Recognize the importance of railway facilities, port facilities, Niagara's airports and the international bridges, their roles in the movement of goods and people and their contributions to Niagara's economy
- Build upon existing bikeways, trails and pedestrian links to improve active transportation connections across Niagara
Two main themes are evident in the original and draft Strategic Directions and draft Strategic Objectives.
One, is the desire to protect and enhance the things that are important to Niagara, such as having safe roads that connect people to the places they want to go, jobs and investment which point to the needs for efficient goods movement routes, clear signage for our visitors, a new corridor in the southern tier connecting the QEW and Highway 406, highway access and highway capacity.
The second theme is providing reasonable alternatives for residents and visitors move around the Region, such as active transportation links and transit service, along with supporting infrastructure and programs.