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Public Works Transportation For Residents Planning - Transportation Management Associations (TMAs)

2011 TTS Summary

Did You Know?

  • The 2011 Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS) is a comprehensive travel survey undertaken by the Region of Peel, 18 other municipalities in Southern Ontario, the Ministry of Transportation Ontario, GO Transit, and the Toronto Transit Commission.
  • On a typical weekday in 2011, more than 2.6 million trips were made by Peel residents. Weekday trips have almost doubled since 1991 (a growth of 70 per cent in 20 years).
  • The dominance of the private auto for peak period travel is continuing to weaken in Peel. Between 2001 and 2011 the share of drive-alone auto trips decreased from 64.7 per cent to 63.0 per cent. Total auto trips (auto driver and auto passenger trips), however still account for 78 per cent of all trips made in Peel during the morning peak period in 2011.
  • Peel residents are increasingly choosing sustainable modes of travel in the peak period. The market share of transit trips has increased (from 9.5 per cent to 10.9 per cent between 2006 and 2011).
  • Approximately 73 per cent of Peel residents are choosing to travel locally (trips start and end in Peel) for work, school, shopping, etc.

Travel Characteristics in Peel and the GTHA

Data highlights from 2011 TTS for the morning peak period (6:00 – 9:00 AM)

Population and AM Peak Period Trips
The growth in the number of trips in the AM peak period in Peel Region has closely paralleled the growth in population. Population continues to grow strongly in Peel Region with an increase of 83 per cent between 1991 and 2011.

AM Peak Period Trip Length
The average trip length is showing a slight downward trend; however, the total number of trips has increased leading to an increase in the number of vehicle kilometers travelled. This in turn puts more demand on the transportation system, which is already experiencing significant congestion.

Mode Share of Trips
The mode share for transit trips has increased between 2006 and 2011 in Peel Region. GO Rail trips have increased significantly between 2006 and 2011. The mode share of trips made by walking or bicycling decreased slightly between 2006 and 2011. However during this time, the total number of trips made by walking or bicycling has increased. Increases in mode shares for sustainable modes of travel could provide some relief, or at least slow down the growth of congestion in Peel Region.

The degree of self-containment for trips originating in Peel Region (i.e., trips that both start and end in Peel) in the AM peak period has been increasing. This suggests that access to desired opportunities (to work, shop, etc.) within the region is increasing for Peel residents.

Peak Hour Spreading
The peak period is sharper in the AM peak whereas the PM peak is spread out over a longer period. In the AM peak period, trips to work and school are the predominant trip purposes. The share of trips of this type, however, has been decreasing. This could impact how the transportation system is used during the peak period (such as by spreading out trip destinations and traffic flows). In the PM peak period, there is greater significance of discretionary trips.

Additional details about the 2011 TTS are available in the Peel TTS 2011 Summary report (PDF 2.6MB, 10 pages).

Revised: Thursday April 24 2014


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