Halton Region is growing at an impressive rate. By 2031, the Region is forecasted to have a population of 780,000 people. With that comes the need for infrastructure and a transportation network that can operate efficiently, safely and be consistently maintained to keep people and goods moving.
The 2015 Halton Region Transportation Progress Report, recently received by Council, highlighted successes related to planning, road safety, maintenance and reduced congestion. To ensure we continue to meet the needs of growth and continue to deliver an effective road network, Regional Council is continuing its commitment to infrastructure by investing nearly $1.4 billion over the next 10 years into the road network and on average, approximately $120 million annually.
The report indicated that Halton Region’s roads are operating more safely and efficiently year-over-year thanks to programs such as the Comprehensive Road Safety Action Plan (CROSAP), the Drive SAFE (Safety Awareness For Everyone) and intersection speed reviews.
Much of our investment is also allocated to construction projects to enhance travel throughout the region and maintenance projects to ensure roads are kept in a state of good repair that extend the life our road network.
In 2015, the Smart Commute program, which encourages sustainable travel options such as carpooling, public transit, cycling and walking, exceeded the targeted number of participating businesses in Halton. Last year, the program included 26 Halton businesses with more than 20,000 employees.
Finally, supporting and promoting active transportation is another key priority, as part of the Region’s commitment to building healthy and complete communities. We continue to work toward an integrated transportation network that supports other modes of travel, such as walking, cycling and transit. Last year, Regional Council approved the Active Transportation Master Plan and in 2015 alone, 28 kilometers of active transportation infrastructure was constructed on Regional roads. Since 2011, the number of on-road cycling lanes has increased nearly 75 per cent.
Halton’s transportation system is operating well and is part of what makes Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. To learn more about the progress report and transportation initiatives in Halton, visit halton.ca/transportation.
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