Transportation Master Plan: 2050
The City of Winnipeg Charter requires that its municipal development plan be reviewed and re-adopted/replaced every five years. City Council is responsible for approving the plan, referred to OurWinnipeg, along with its subsidiary plans, policies, strategies, guidelines, programs, and actions.
The Transportation Master Plan (last updated in 2011) is one of these subsidiary plans. We are currently in process of reviewing and updating it, and are undertaking a largescale, multi-component study that involves in-depth, evidence-based research and analysis as well as extensive public and stakeholder engagement.
The study will result in recommendations that will look at challenges and opportunities relating to existing and future: infrastructure; public rights-of-way; public services such as transit, parking, and traffic management; rules and regulations; and human behaviours. The updated plan will support the principles of the City's Climate Action Plan, and will serve as a 30-year blueprint to guide future investment in Winnipeg’s transportation network.
The vision of Transportation Master Plan: 2050 is to ensure the transportation system supports quality of life and economic vitality through safe, efficient, connected and barrier-free movement of people and goods using a choice of modes and sustainable infrastructure.
The plan will focus on eight strategic priorities:
- Transportation and land-use: Reinforce the critical link between transportation and land use, and ensure the continued alignment of various City planning documents.
- Environmental sustainability: Facilitate an understanding of the impact of the current transportation network on the ecosystem (land, water and air) and advance low carbon pathway mobility options such as walking, cycling, transit, rideshare, carpool, and electric vehicles as described in the Winnipeg Climate Action Plan.
- Equity & inclusiveness: Apply an equity lens to address potential systemic barriers and inequities in transportation for vulnerable and under-served populations (i.e. – elderly, single parents, low-income families and users of mobility devices). Maximize accessibility and mobility on multi-modes for all users regardless of age, ability or income.
- Economic development: Support development or redevelopment of major node areas with emphasis on efficient goods transportation for business and industry.
- Strategic approach: Establish a framework with realistic and quantitative planning objectives for emerging technologies and business models such as the electrification of transportation, automated vehicles, shared mobility, and mobility services on demand.
- Mode choice: Identify barriers to use and strategies to increase walking, cycling, transit, ridesharing and carpooling in an effort to reduce high levels of single-occupant automobile use.
- Transportation demand: Identify a range of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) tools that include but are not limited to use of new transportation technologies, land development review and approvals, user pricing, and program incentives.
- Transportation supply: Identify means to maximize multi-modal capacity of current infrastructure and improve level of service. The goal Is not about reducing travel times, rather about making sure that as many people as possible have freedom of mobility and can get to work, medical appointments, shopping, school, recreational and other activities safely and effectively.
The final product will be a unique and actionable public document that will also include recommendations on implementation, budgetary implications, performance measures, and future adaptability.
Contracts for the seven interdependent transportation studies will be awarded in early 2020 via a request for proposal process. Public engagement on the TMP will begin in late Spring 2020.
Stay tuned for more information about how you can get involved.