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History of Peel’s Goods Movement Strategic Plan

Study of Goods Movement in Peel: Strategic Overview (2004)

When the Region formally began to work on goods movement in 2003, a study was commissioned shortly after in 2004. The study resulted in a report titled Study of Goods Movement in Peel: Strategic Overview. Its purpose was to assess the state of the goods movement transportation system in Peel and strategic options for addressing longer-term goods movement transportation. The study resulted in a report titled Study of Goods Movement in Peel: Strategic Overview.

The findings and recommendations were used as driving principles behind the Region’s first Goods Movement Strategic Plan (2012-2016). The Goods Movement Strategic Plan 2012-2016 was also the first of its kind in the GTHA.

About the Goods Movement Strategic Plan 2012-2016

The Peel Goods Movement team is striving to achieve a safe, convenient, efficient, multi-modal, sustainable and integrated goods movement transportation system in the Region. The system should support a vibrant economy, respect the natural and urban environment, meet the diverse needs of industries and residents and contribute to a high quality of life for the residents of Peel. This has led to the development of the Goods Movement Program, which is based off of two goals:

  1. Support and influence sustainable transportation systems to ensure that goods are transported in an efficient and timely manner; and
  2. Optimize the use of existing infrastructure and capacity, and minimize adverse environmental, social and economic impacts caused by goods movement transportation.

The goods movement program is described in the Goods Movement Strategic Plan 2012-2016 ("The Plan") and supported by the Peel Region Goods Movement Task Force.

The Plan is broken down into four strategic directions, which are further broken down into 23 action items, all of which are to be completed within the next five years. The four directions are:

  1. Pursue Infrastructure Improvements
  2. Partnership, Communication and Advocacy
  3. Systems Optimization of Existing Infrastructure
  4. Planning and Forecasting

Summary of Action Items

Action Strategic Direction Action Item Time Frame
1 Infrastructure Improvements Prioritize intersection improvements to increase truck traffic flow on key corridors 1
2 Infrastructure Improvements Identify and implement access improvements to Toronto Pearson Airport 2
3 Infrastructure Improvements Identify and implement access improvements to CN Brampton and CP Vaughan Intermodal facilities 2
4 Infrastructure Improvements Prioritize improvements to at-grade rail crossings 2
5 Infrastructure Improvements Research truck-only lanes and implement a pilot project 2
6 Partnership, Communication & Advocacy Advocate for improvements to border crossings 1
7 Partnership, Communication & Advocacy Advocate for changes to the employment density targets that support the freight industry 1
8 Partnership, Communication & Advocacy Advocate for improved provincial and federal goods movement planning and greater inter-regional co-operation 1
9 Partnership, Communication & Advocacy Identify additional federal and provincial funding sources for the 400 series highway with 401 as a high priority corridor 1
10 Partnership, Communication & Advocacy Advocate for streamlining and expediting the Environmental Assessment process 1
11 Partnership, Communication & Advocacy Identify opportunities to strengthen connections between government and private-sector industry 1
12 Partnership, Communication & Advocacy Develop a data sharing program between the government and industry 1
13 Systems Optimization Enhance traffic signals to accommodate and increase better traffic flow along goods movement corridors 1
14 Systems Optimization Develop and implement a backhaul freight matching program and pilot project 1
15 Systems Optimization Great a Peel truckers map that employs GPS and includes route and by-law references 1
16 Systems Optimization Develop and implement a Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Strategic Plan and Network 3
17 Systems Optimization Develop an enforcement mechanism for road construction projects 1 / Ongoing
18 Systems Optimization Improve incident management 1 / Ongoing
19 Planning & Forecasting Advance Freight Transport Management recommendations 1
20 Planning & Forecasting Develop and implement a Strategic Goods Movement Network 1
21 Planning & Forecasting Develop an economic case for a freight village 2
22 Planning & Forecasting Quantify economic benefits of freight to Peel's economy 1
23 Planning & Forecasting Support the establishment of a goods movement Centre of Excellence 2

Action Item Status

A report is being prepared for Regional Council to update them on the status of the action items for 2014

Peel Goods Movement Task Force

In April 2009, Peel Regional Council directed that a Peel Goods Movement Task Force be created to promote and advocate for efficient goods movement in the Region. The Task Force brings together public and private sector interests involved in goods movement, in order to address existing challenges and future opportunities. The Task Force provides technical and implementation support throughout the completion of a Goods Movement Strategic Plan.

Mandate

The mandate of the Task Force is to:

  • To develop a common vision for goods movement in the Peel area,
  • To bring together key stakeholders to guide future improvements to the goods movement system; and
  • To plan for the implementation of short, medium and long-term improvements to the goods movement network.

Members

As of Fall 2015, the Task Force is made up of members from the following organizations:

Goods Movement Task Force Members

Meetings

Since 2009, there have been 20 Task Force meetings, 6 action item sub-committee meetings, 15 technical working group meetings, 6 workshops, and 12 project-related meetings.

Below are the dates of the Task Force Meetings held from 2012 onwards, including presentations.

2014

2013

2012

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