Transportation Master Plan

City of St. Catharines Transportation Master Plan

Transportation is changing in our community, more people are biking to work, others are opting to take public transit; alongside the advent of new technologies like self-driving cars, and new services such as GO Train service, will impact how our community moves for decades to come.

Traditional needs will continue well into the future, and as a City, we are planning to ensure all stakeholders, be they business or commuters, recreational travelers or students, can get where they want, when they need to. The City is planning for new technologies and new challenges, while balancing needs including the impact of transportation on our environment.

All these considerations have been critical in developing a new Transportation Master Plan (TMP) that will provide the road map toward future-ready transportation.

Project update

During its April 12 meeting, City Council approved the Transportation Master Plan with some minor modifications, including removal of a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment that would allow for a potential roadway from Scott Street to YMCA Drive through John Page Park. The TMP will provide a roadmap for the development of new transportation infrastructure and redevelopment for decades to come, with an eye towards meeting changing transportation needs; increased active transportation; public transit use; and changing technologies.

Read the press release here

Why we need a TMP

Our last TMP was created 52 years ago. The transportation needs of the city have evolved significantly since then, and with GO Train and inter-municipal transit coming to St. Catharines the City has been working to develop a new plan that will meet future needs and guide the development of transit infrastructure - be it for cars, cyclists, trains or pedestrians - for years to come.

Internal stakeholder input is still being collected on the draft of the plan which was developed based on analysis of current transportation conditions and projected future needs. Throughout the process the City has engaged staff, stakeholders and the public to identify the priorities for the future of transportation in the community.

Once the plan is finalized it will be introduced to Council, and the public for input and information. With the impact of COVID-19 on City operations timelines are still being assessed for the next round of public engagement.

What is "Transportation?"

Transportation is about more than just cars and streets. It's about providing alternative and sustainable ways to connect residents to the places they need to go, both within the city and beyond our borders. Transportation is about:

  • Public transit
  • Cycling - both on roads and trails
  • Sidewalks
  • Walking paths
  • GO Train service
  • Inter-municipal Transit
  • And, yes, streets
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