Future of Transit
Metrolinx plans for the future of transportation in the midst of rapid change
Metrolinx has long understood that the future is full of uncertainty and possibility. In preparing our 2041 Regional Transportation Plan, we realized that improved connectivity and changing consumer preferences require looking at different scenarios. As a result, some of the potential future solutions have been identified, but we also know they will continue to change and evolve.
Already, car sharing and ride sourcing are blurring the lines between public and private transportation. Municipalities have the authority to regulate private transportation companies but a GTHA-wide approach, including partnerships with mobility services, could address cross-boundary travel and provide a more seamless experience for users. In fact, Metrolinx has recently stepped into this arena with a newly announced partnership with Uber, allowing riders to connect more easily to and from UP Express, allowing for a more seamless ride.
Intelligent or “smart” cities could see communities and people connected through networks with sensors in everyday objects and infrastructure. Technology will allow us to have real time information about traffic levels, demand for transit services, parking availability, waste management routes, safety and security issues.
With the data collected throughout cities, our transportation systems will allow us to intelligently schedule and time the movement of people and goods to be faster, more convenient, and more cost-efficient.