In 2031, Ottawa’s transportation system will enhance our quality of life by supporting social, environmental and economic sustainability in an accountable and responsive manner.

Part A: Support for Social, Environmental and Economic Sustainability

  1. Reduce auto dependence
  • Give priority to public transit in meeting future growth in travel demand
  • Make walking and cycling more attractive than driving for short trips
  • Motivate sustainable travel choices through education, promotion, incentives and disincentives
  • Encourage shorter trips and travel alternatives like telework
  • Meet mobility needs
    • Provide a continuous, integrated system of multimodal facilities and services
    • Aim to provide an acceptable standard of service for each mode of travel
    • Give priority to public transit, walking and cycling over cars when conflicts arise
    • Provide barrier free transportation facilities and services
  • Integrate transportation and land use
    • Build walkable communities
    • Provide rapid transit and other quality transit services to community cores and employment areas
    • Foster transit-oriented development in transit nodes and corridors
    • Support intensification where transit, walking and cycling can be made most attractive
    • Foster a vibrant downtown by improving transit, walking and cycling access
    • Recognize the distinct transportation needs of rural communities
  • Protect public health and safety
    • Give priority to safety and security when planning, designing and operating transportation systems
    • Promote safe walking, cycling and driving through education, engineering and enforcement
    • Support active living by promoting walking, cycling and transit for daily travel
    • Minimize the impacts of truck and automobile traffic on sensitive communities
    • Minimize air pollution from transportation sources
  • Protect the environment
    • Minimize the need for new infrastructure
    • Minimize transportation energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and other impacts on air, water and land
    • Maximize greening within transportation rights of way
  • Enhance the economy
    • Maximize access to businesses and institutions by employees, clients and visitors
    • Support efficient freight movement to, from and within the city

    Part B: Accountability and Responsiveness

    1. Deliver cost-effective services
    • Before adding infrastructure make the best possible use of existing facilities
    • Integrate the consideration of life cycle capital and operating costs into decision-making processes
    • Support appropriate private sector roles in infrastructure and service delivery
  • Measure performance
    • Identify transportation performance objectives and indicators
    • Regularly measure and evaluate performance
    • Integrate performance evaluation results by adapting transportation plans and strategies
  • Protect the public interest
    • Encourage public input and informed decision making by reporting on transportation activities and results and providing opportunities for dialogue
    • Consult with the public when planning budgets, programs and projects
  • Provide adequate and equitable funding
    • Seek and/or establish funding sources that are stable and predictable
    • Strengthen the "user pay" component of transportation system funding
  • Cooperate with other governments
    • Liaise with provincial and federal governments to align plans and policies, and to attract financial, legislative and regulatory assistance
    • Work with the National Capital Commission, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, City of Gatineau and other adjacent municipalities to develop balanced solutions
  • Lead by example
    • Minimize energy use and environmental impacts of City transportation facilities, fleets, operations and services
    • Foster walking, cycling and transit use by employees and visitors to City facilities
    • Forge constructive partnerships with the private sector, institutions and community organizations