Municipality: Halton Region Implementation: 2011-09-01
Policy Name: Halton Region Transportation Master Plan tion 2031 Contact: Darryl Young
Department: Transportation Services, Public Services Title: Transportation Demand Mgt Coordinator
Community profile:

  • The Regional Municipality of Halton is comprised of the communities of Halton Hills, Milton, Burlington and Oakville covering a land area of 973 square kilometres.
  • As of 2012, Halton Region’s population was 505,678 and is expected to increase to approximately 780,000 by 2031 and employment will increase to approximately 390,000 by 2031.
  • Halton Region operates 318 kilometres of major arterial roadways that connect nodes and communities within the Region to facilitate regional and local travel demands. In addition, the Region has jurisdiction over approximately 225 signalized intersections, 180 unsignalized intersections, 22 kilometres of dedicated bike lanes, and maintains 90 bridges.
  • The Region is well-served by a number of inter-regional transportation links including QEW/403, 401 and 407 highways
  • Inter-regional transit is served by GO Transit train and bus services
  • Local transit is operated by Milton, Burlington and Oakville.
  • Each of Halton Region’s local municipalities has active transportation plans focused on pedestrian and cycling facilities, both on-road and off-road.
  • Active transportation routes reaching beyond Halton Region include the Bruce Trail, Waterfront Trail and proposed Greenbelt Route.

Short Description:

The Halton Region Transportation Master Plan (2031) – The Road to Change defines a sustainable, integrated transportation system that considers all modes of travel (transit, cycling, walking, automobiles).

The Active Transportation Master Plan Study will strive to connect existing plans and infrastructure to facilitate cycling and walking as convenient modes of transportation. The network is envisioned to be comprised of bike lanes, wider paved shoulders, sidewalks and multi-use trails to strengthen linkages between communities and municipalities.


·         The objective of the Halton Region Transportation Master Plan (2031) - The Road to Change (Completed in Fall 2011) was to develop a sustainable and integrated plan that considers all modes of travel to accommodate growth in the Region to the year 2031, as established through Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) 38.

·         As part of the Transportation Master Plan, Regional Road Right-of-Way Guidelines were developed. For the cross-sections within an urban setting exclusive 1.8 m wide on-road bicycle lanes have been included as well as protection for a 3.0 m swath on both sides of the road consisting of multi-use paths and/or sidewalks. In rural areas, a 2.5 m partially paved shoulder is comprised of 1.5 m paved and 1.0 m granular shoulder to accommodate cycling.

·         Off-road active transportation infrastructure along Regional Roads is provided and maintained by the local municipalities.  

·         The Regional Municipality of Halton has initiated an Active Transportation Master Plan Study to the year 2031 to develop the required strategy, infrastructure, initiatives and programs to promote non-motorized travel throughout the Region, as recommended in the Region’s Transportation Master Plan (2031) – The Road to Change. The Region’s objective is to create an Active Transportation Master Plan that is safe, affordable and sustainable.

·         Key outcomes identified for the Active Transportation Master Plan include a comprehensive walking and cycling network, recommendations for education and outreach, enforcement and tourism initiatives as well as a list of active transportation projects that can be incorporated into the Region’s Road Capital Program.

Step by Step Process:

The Master Plan was conducted in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process (October 2000, as amended in 2007 and 2011), which completed Phases I and II.

Similarly, the Active Transportation Master Plan study in progress (expected completion Spring 2014) is being conducted in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process (October 2000, as amended in 2007 and 2011), which will complete Phases I and II.

Primary Drivers:

On December 16, 2009, Halton Regional Council adopted Regional Official Plan Amendment No. 38 (ROPA 38) incorporating the results of the Sustainable Halton Official Plan Review process, defining how and where Halton will grow from 2021 to 2031. The amendments incorporated through ROPA 38 establish a policy framework that will sustain and improve the quality of life for Halton’s residents by moving the Region from a focus on greenfield development to a new approach that balances greenfield development with intensification and uses space and infrastructure more efficiently.

In addition, the Citizens’ Priorities for Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan identified a number of Key Initiatives including to Plan and implement a sustainable transportation system for Halton Region considering all modes for movement of people and goods. To support this initiative, finalizing and implementation of the Active Transportation Plan was identified. 

The Halton Region Transportation Master Plan (2031) – The Road to Change within its vision is to “Accommodate various travel choices and support a sustainable and multi-modal network. It must encourage people to change their travel characteristics, maximize the use of transit and other alternatives to the single occupant vehicle.”

Halton Region’s Transportation Master Plan: The Road to Change (2031) recommended the development of a Region-wide Active Transportation Master Plan to facilitate and promote active transportation. The purpose of the Plan is to outline the strategy, infrastructure, initiatives and programs required to create an active transportation plan that is safe, affordable and sustainable. It will identify short (0-5 years), medium (5-10 years) and long-term (> 10 years) actions.

Secondary Drivers:

The Region’s Transportation Master Plan and Active Transportation Master Plan are to be undertaken every 5 years with updated census data, Transportation Tomorrow Survey data and other related data.


For the Active Transportation Master Plan Study, an Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) has been established and is comprised of Regional councillors, local municipal staff, local representatives and Regional staff.


  • Consistency of facility type between Regional and local municipal road syste
  • Cost-effective solutions
  • Availability of right-of-way space (i.e. in constrained locations)


  • Increase modal share of active transportation
  • Coordination and integration with local municipal active transportation networks
  • Provide guidance for innovative active transportation facility types (e.g. bicycle crossing treatments)
  • Coordination with stakeholders on projects


  • Inter-regional travel patterns
  • Travel mode change


  • Active transportation connections with neighbouring regions
  • Opportunities for dialogue on new linkages



Similar Tools Used by Other Municipalities:

City of Burlington:

Town of Oakville:

Town of Halton Hills:

Town of Milton

Further Information:

Halton Region


Halton Transportation Master Plan


Halton Active Transportation Master Plan


Creating Walkable and Transit-Supportive Communities in Halton (Health)