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Perspectives on collaboration

Perspectives on Collaboration

Presentation to Travel Demand Modelling in the GTHAOrganizational Structure and Regional Collaboration

Systems Analysis and Forecasting Office

Benefits of collaboration

Provides for opportunity to be borderless – Travel patterns and needs are not limited to any one geography

Offers reduced costs for data collection and data sharing

Enables state of the art planning and investment tools that are grounded on a consistent foundation for any level of analysis

In the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Growth Plan has established our planning framework

The Greater Golden Horseshoe Model is the Provincial tool that applies that framework at the macro level

Benefits of Collaboration

Current project applications

GGH model provides a common modelling framework and travel forecasts for the ministry, agency and municipal studies

The GGH Model is currently in use to support:

Metrolinx RTP, Benefit Case Analysis and ongoing Metrolinx Assignments

Niagara-GTA, GTA West EA, 407 East Extension, and Highway 407 Transitway Environmental Assessments

Provide GGHM outputs under different network options to consultant team for subsequent analysis and tailored results for Economic Evaluations

Provincial Highway planning, design and investment prioritization

Peterborough & Simcoe Area Studies

Opportunity study of Dedicated Truck lanes on 400 Series Highways

Infrastructure Ontario Highway 407 East Revenue Analysis

Regions of Halton and Niagara in their planning needs

MTO continues our commitment to work closely with GTHA municipal agencies to incorporate critical assumptions in their municipality e.g., population and employment allocations, road and transit projects, etc.

Current Project Applications

Role of gghm in regional planning

GGHM is designed as a regional forecasting platform to support MTO and other provincial agencies in their demand forecasting needs

GGHM is NOT designed to replace other modelling efforts that currently exist in different municipalities within GGH

GGHM is a strategic forecasting tool and not designed to replace the project level forecasting in a detailed planning/implementation phase

Provides the starting point for more refined modelling

GGHM can provide the regional travel context so municipalities can focus their resources on planning within their regional boundaries

Provide layer of inter-regional flows that can act as references to other models

Provide layer of zonal base flows from outside to internal GTHA

Provide layer of estimated inter-regional truck flows

Role of GGHM in Regional Planning

Ongoing coordination between agencies

GTHA municipalities have a long history of co-operation in data collection through TISC, TRADMAG.

TTS and Cordon Counts good examples of pooling resources to deliver a product that is of common benefit

A new working group was set up last year to promote co-operation in data collection for Active Transportation in GTHA

Produce an inventory report on the AT database available in the GTHA

A working group was set up to develop the 2006 road and transit networks for the GTHA

Last year the GTHA Modelling Group was re-convened with the following objectives:

Sharing of planning data

Sharing modeling related knowledge and experience

Working co-operatively on issues that are of common interest to members

Ongoing Coordination between Agencies

Enhanced co operation

Major participants in the transportation forecasting and modelling business include public sector, consultants and academic interests. Each has a distinct role to play:

Public Sector – provide day to day modelling support and establish future development needs to support upcoming priorities

Consultant Industry – provide expertise and advice to clients as well as resources for product delivery

Academic – to conduct leading edge research and develop insight in upcoming trends through contact with world wide academics and other practitioner

The co-operation between different players should not be limited just to product delivery but more on knowledge and skill transfer so the general modelling standard within the GTAH can be improved.

Enhanced Co-operation

Enhance the role of research in modeling applications

Academic sector can be leading edge in the development of new approaches and methodologies

Universities are well positioned to undertake research and make connections with worldwide experts that are part of their community

The role of academic-consultant in project support should be considered as they can provide products, approaches or services that might not be available from consultants

Academic sector can engage more widely on research initiatives that other agents and promote their application

Enhance the Role of Research in Modeling Applications

Today s discussion

Common objective to improve the travel demand forecasting standard within the GTHA – open to addressing individual needs

Challenge to balance immediate modelling needs with that of research timelines

Further work needed to establish regional gaps and objectives – distinguish between funding and modelling gaps

Build on strengths, a forum of exchanges of ideas, knowledge and experience that is inclusive to all parties

Tradmag Modelling Working Group


Reduce barriers that prevent flows of planning data and modelling output between practitioners

Today’s Discussion