Programs and Services

Transportation Services

 

 

What We Do

Transportation Services strives to be a leader in providing safe, efficient and effective transportation solutions to serve the needs of our residents, businesses and visitors in an environmentally, socially and economically prudent manner through planning, engineering, designing, maintaining and operating the City’s municipal transportation system.

2014 Operating Budget Highlights

The total cost to deliver this Program to Toronto residents in 2014 is $334.934 million.

For 2014, Transportation services identified $2.173 million in opening budget pressures arising from increases in salary and benefit costs, contract price increases, impacts of completed capital projects and decreases in various revenues.  However, the Program was able to offset these pressures through expenditure reductions and other revenue increases.

As a result, Transportation Services will maintain their level of service in 2014 while at the same time absorbing operating pressures.

Our Service Deliverables for 2014

Transportation Services is responsible for creating and maintaining liveable streets for all Toronto residents.  The 2014 Operating Budget will:

  • Update the Division's Winter Maintenance Program and Snow Disposal Strategy to ensure an adequate capacity to accommodate major snowfall events.
  •  Implement the centralized Front Yard Parking function throughout the districts.
  • Install additional Changeable Message Signs on the Gardiner Expressway which will provide motorists with real time traffic conditions that can be used to alert motorists of upcoming road work or events on the Gardiner.
  • Implement recommendations stemming from the Downtown Traffic Operations Study (DTOS) to better manage congestion and improve traffic flow across the City.
  • Continue the implementation of the Toronto Walking Strategy with the delivery of missing sidewalks; pilot implementation of the wayfinding strategy; enhancements to capital projects to promote walkability; and enhanced use of data and mapping to promote pedestrian safety.
  • Implement the Graffiti Management Plan with a focus on ward-based strategies, securing private sector funding in support of the StART program, reducing graffiti vandalism in partnership with the Graffiti Team that is tasked with improving customer service, identifying products for removal/prevention, benchmarking and data collection.

Our Key Challenges and Priority Actions

  • Transportation Services anticipates a cost escalation upwards of $10.4 million when the City tenders the next multi-year winter maintenance contracts in 2015.
    • Transportation Services hired a consultant to review the winter maintenance experiences of 10 major North American cities.
    • Transportation Services will also collaborate with the City's Purchasing, Legal and Insurance & Risk Management divisions to develop a strategy to obtain favourable pricing
    • A Winter Maintenance Contribution Reserve Fund will also be established that could be drawn upon in contract years to mitigate the impact of costs escalation.
  • The Management of Traffic Congestion in the City – As densification in the City of Toronto continues, the demands on the City's road network also increases resulting in congestion.
    • The 2014 Recommended Operating Budget includes 10 additional positions to deliver on the additional signal coordination studies on major arterials to improve traffic flow and mitigate congestion. 
    • This enhancement will provide additional traffic signal operations, implement real time signal timing changes, monitor additional cameras and maintain the wireless communication systems in order to provide for quick clearance of incidents, mitigate congestion and to maintain effective signal coordination.

2014 – 2023 Capital Budget and Plan Highlights

Transportation Services maintains infrastructure valued at $9.890 billion, comprised of 5,600 km of roads, 300 km of expressways, 7,945 km of sidewalks, 539 bridges and 2,159 traffic control signals.

The 2014–2023 Recommended Capital Budget and Plan focuses on maintaining these assets in a state of good repair (SOGR).  Specifically, SOGR funding of $677.565 million is included for major road rehabilitation, $541.617 million for local road resurfacing/reconstruction, $535.109 million for the F. G. Gardiner expressway, $396.307 million for city bridges and $130.540 million for sidewalks.

Funding has also been allocated for cycling infrastructure, safety improvement projects such as Light Emitting Diode (LED) signal module conversions, accessible pedestrian signals, and advanced traffic control signal initiatives including RESCU projects.

Growth related initiatives over multiple years are funded including the Six Points Interchange Redevelopment, Regent Park Revitalization, Yonge Street / Highway 401 Interchange Improvements, property acquisition for the Ingram Drive Extension and Traffic Congestion Management for roadways/expressways.

Where does the money go?

The 2014–2023 Recommended Capital Budget and Plan totals $3.081 billion.  It provides funding for Health and Safety projects of $103.681 million; State of Good Repair projects of $2.435 billion; Service Improvement projects of $175.555 million; and Growth Related projects of $366.799 million.

A primary focus of the 2014‐2023 Recommended Capital Budget and Plan is to continue the state of good repair projects for transportation related infrastructure, including major and local roads, the F. G. Gardiner expressway, city bridges and sidewalks.

Where does the money comes from?

The 10-year Recommended Capital Plan requires:

  • Debt funding of $1.996 billion (64.8%).
  • Additional capital financing of $740.852 million (24.0%) will be provided from the Capital Financing Reserve, funded from surplus operating funds in accordance with the City's surplus management policy, Build Toronto and one-time TPA dividends and anticipated contributions from the Federal / Provincial government.
  • Additional funding from Development Charges ($219.919 million or 7.1%), third party funding ($86.730 million or 2.8%) and reserve funds ($37.802 or 1.2%).

The 10-Year Recommended Capital Plan spending on State of Good Repair (SOGR) is $2.435 billion.  However, this will not be sufficient to reduce the overall backlog which will remain constant at approximately 9.6% as a percentage of asset value in 2013 and 2023, primarily as a result of the increase in SOGR backlog for local roads following an updated condition assessment completed in 2013. This is due to the upcoming wave of aging infrastructure that will occur over the 10 years.

Our Key Challenges and Priority Actions

  • Addressing the State of Good Repair Backlog – the 2013 year-end backlog is estimated at $949.022 million and is anticipated to grow to $1.215 billion by 2023.
    • The 10-Year Recommended Capital Plan includes funding of $2.442 billion to address accumulated backlog primarily for major and local roads and the rehabilitation of the F.G. Gardiner.
  • The Management of Traffic Congestion in the City – As densification in the City of Toronto continues, the demands on the City's road network also increases resulting in congestion.
    • The 10-Year Recommended Capital Plan includes funding for traffic congestion management projects and growth related projects that help manage traffic congestion in areas that have experienced significant growth over recent years.

2014 Recommended Capital Budget

The 2014 Recommended Capital Budget for Transportation Services of $380.248 million, including carry forward funding will:

  • Begin the Traffic Congestion Management project to expand the existing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to better manage congestion on arterial roadways and expressways ($3.000 million). 
  • Continue and enhance state of good repair maintenance and rehabilitation work on:
  • City Bridges ($37.052 million);
  • F. G. Gardiner Expressway ($51.246 million);
  • Major road rehabilitation ($83.317 million);
  • Local road reconstruction and resurfacing ($47.422 million); and
  • Additional funding for sidewalk maintenance, including related traffic signal and traffic plant maintenance and pedestrian safety projects.
  • Continue health and safety projects such as audible pedestrian signals ($2.850 million), new traffic control signals / devices ($6.393 million) and major modifications to signals ($4.237 million).
  • Continue work on service improvement projects such as cycling infrastructure ($12.476 million), traffic control - RESCU ($3.590 million) and advanced traffic signal control ($4.625 million).