Simcoe County Transit Feasibility & Implementation Study
The Simcoe County Transit Feasibility and Implementation Study, in consultation with Steer Davies Gleave, is intended to build on the 2014 Transportation Master Plan update and to focus on the feasibility of a range of transit partnerships, service options, delivery methods, as well as a staged implementation and monitoring strategy supported by financial and funding recommendations. Your comments are welcome at any time. Please use the contact information at the bottom of this page to share your ideas and experiences.
The County held the first series of Public Information Centres between June 15-18, 2015. The Public Information story boards are available here for your review.
Since the last round of public consultation in June, a draft network of new transit connections was developed. Some of these transit connections could potentially be implemented within the next five years. Preliminary directions related to fares and funding for the proposed services and connections are also being considered.
The County held two Public Workshops on November 9th and 17th to present the draft network of new transit connections, discuss ideas on fares and transit funding, and gather feedback.
In addition to study findings, input received through workshops, consultation, and survey results will inform and help develop the draft recommendations addressing the feasibility and implementation of a County transit service.
Study Background and Purpose
The County of Simcoe and its constituent municipalities have been actively exploring transportation options that address future needs for several years. Pursuing a county‐wide regional transit plan fits well with the overall focus of the County's transportation strategy, which emphasizes the integration of land use and transportation, access and mobility, and multi‐modal integration.
The Simcoe County Transit Feasibility and Implementation Study is an opportunity to respond to the challenge of supporting transit initiatives in and between smaller urban communities and the larger centres, as well as understanding and addressing the needs of vast rural areas and spread out geographically.
A well-planned transit system is an effective option in the suite of transportation modes. An integrated transit system with supportive land uses is able to enhance mobility for residents, connect employment areas and community services, and reduce the dependence on single occupant vehicle travel.
This study is an important opportunity to take the development of the options for transit service to the next level and demonstrate how a comprehensive approach to transit in the County can improve transportation choice and community access, while ensuring that services can be provided in an affordable manner— managing these topics certainly helps, from a practical perspective, to raise its opportunity for implementation.
This study will build on this extensive body of work and the experience of the local municipalities to define the feasibility of a broader county service that:
- serves local communities
- connects urban centres
- facilitates local, inter-municipal and inter‐regional commuter travel
- supports the broader economic, environmental and social objectives of development in Simcoe County
Study Process and Public Engagement
The engagement process will take place in two parts. In Part One –
Developing the Vision and Assessing Options – the Project Team will prepare and develop feedback on the following:
- A needs and opportunities assessment;
- A vision, goals and objectives;
- Service delivery approaches; and,
- Service options.
Participants' views and perspectives in this part of the engagement process will be used to help inform the development and refinement of the overall vision for County-wide transit, and the testing and selection of a preferred service concept(s).
In Part Two –
Implementing the Preferred Service Concept – the Project Team will develop and seek feedback on the following:
- A prioritization plan;
- Specialized transit and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) considerations;
- Potential fares and funding sources for transit services; and
- An implementation and financial plan.
Participants' input in Part Two will be used by the Project Team to help inform the Study's overall draft recommendations, including potential refinements to the preferred service concept in light of prioritization, AODA, funding and implementation considerations.
We have include links to reports with detailed information on the transit feasibility and implementation study – these are more detailed versions of the materials that are being shared at the public meetings. This page will be updated with new information as the study progresses. The study is comprised of three interim reports:
There are a number of past studies that are being drawn on to help inform the transit feasibility and implementation study. Links to these documents are available below: