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.

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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.
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Transportation Services strives to be a leader in providing safe, efficient and effective transportation solutions to serve the needs of Toronto 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.

2018 Budget Summary

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $406.444 million gross and $219.389 million net.

Through base expenditure budget reductions and service efficiencies, the Program is able to more than offset $1.952 million in opening budget pressures arising mainly from increased costs in contracts (primarily winter maintenance), street lighting (hydro costs and maintenance contracts), salaries & benefits, and lower utility cut repair backlog net revenue (lower volumes).

Fast Facts

  • Maintains approximately 5,600 km of roads, 7,950 km of sidewalks and 130 km of Expressways
  • Manages 2,400 traffic control signals
  • Maintains 900 bridges and culverts and over 1,200 km of cycling infrastructure (tracks, bike lanes, trails and signed routes)

Trends

  • Transportation infrastructure is repaired and maintained to provide safe vehicular, transit, pedestrian and cycling movement.
  • In 2016, Transportation Services serviced 91% of potholes within the designated timeframe, and it is projected that this number will increase to 93% by the end of 2017.
  • Transportation Services is targeting 93% of potholes being serviced within timeframes in 2018 and anticipates maintaining this level in the future.

Key Service Deliverables for 2018

Transportation Services provides 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 and operating the City’s municipal transportation system.

The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget will enable the Program’s ability to:

  • Implement strategies to minimize lane closures due to construction through accelerated schedules, improved coordination, and more stringent permit timelines and enforcement;
  • Continue to connect, grow, and renew the City’s cycling infrastructure through the delivery of Year 3 of the 10 Year Cycling Network Plan;
  • Provide safe streets for all road users through the implementation of Vision Zero Road Safety Plan;
  • Continue to enhance the public realm through increased street furniture deployment, graffiti removal, street art installations and beautification of abandoned spaces;
  • Use preventative maintenance techniques to improve infrastructure quality and extend lifespan;
  • Implement acceleration of sidewalk and utility cut repairs;
  • Continue to better manage congestion and improve safety through the Congestion Management Plan; and,
  • Facilitate transfer of operations of the School Crossing Guard Program from Toronto Police Service to Transportation Services.

Our Key Issues & Priority Actions

  • Vision Zero Road Safety Plan – provide a transportation network that is safe for all road users.
  • Implement targeted countermeasures to improve safety along 14 Pedestrian Safety Corridors.
  • Expand the Red Light Camera Program.
  • Management of Traffic Congestion – utilize emerging technologies and data to examine traffic and congestion issues.
  • Undertake traffic signal coordination studies to reduce delay and improve travel times along arterial roads.
  • Expand the “Quick Clear” squads for incident management on expressways and arterial roads.
  • Supporting Active Transportation and Surface Transit Operations – respond to the growing demands for active transportation strategies and cycling infrastructure.
  • Continue to implement the 10 Year Cycling Network Plan, the Complete Streets and Green Streets projects, and the Pedestrian Wayfinding Program.

2018 Operating Budget Highlights

  • The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget for Transportation Services is $406.444 million gross and $219.389 million net representing a decrease of 1.1% to the 2017 Approved Operating Budget. The Program was able to exceed the Council-directed target of 0% through the following measures:
    • Base expenditure reductions ($2.821 million).
    • Efficiency savings ($0.500 million).
    • Revenue changes ($0.974 million).
  • New and enhanced funding of ($1.826 million gross, $0 net) for:
    • Implementation of Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, Cycling Network Plan and Outdoor Café projects.
    • 0 new positions for project management and improvement of program delivery.
  • Staff complement will increase by 21.9 positions from 1,119.5 in 2017 to 1,141.3 positions in 2018.

Transportation Services maintains infrastructure comprised of 5,600 km of roads, 7,950 km of sidewalks, 900 bridges/culverts and 2,400 traffic control signals.  The 2018 – 2027 Preliminary Capital Budget and Plan of $5.152 billion focuses on maintaining these assets in a state of good repair (SOGR).  Specifically, SOGR funding of $654.348 million is included for major road rehabilitation, $758.660 million for local road rehabilitation and $2.300 billion for the F.G. Gardiner Expressway.

Included in the 10-Year Preliminary Capital Plan are investments of $12.630 million and $7.000 million in debt funding for the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge and York Street Tunnel respectively. This funding will address the current state of deterioration of the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge (requiring rehabilitation in 2019) and provide the City’s contribution for the construction of the York Street Tunnel to provide further extension of the PATH system along York Street south of Bremner Boulevard.

The 10-Year Preliminary Capital Plan also includes funding that has been allocated for safety improvement projects such as Light Emitting Diode (LED) signal module conversions and growth projects such as the King-Liberty Pedestrian & Cycling Bridge.

Where Does the Money Go?

The 2018 – 2027 Preliminary Capital Budget and Plan totalling $5.152 billion provides funding of:

  • $4.484 billion to continue the state of good repair projects for transportation related infrastructure, including major and local roads, city bridges and sidewalks. This included $2.300 billion to rehabilitate, repair and maintain the G. Gardiner Expressway, incorporating the implementation of the Gardiner Expressway & Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration.
  • $377.408 million in growth related initiatives, in part to manage traffic congestion with projects including the Six Points Interchange Redevelopment, Steeles Widenings (Tapscott – Beare), Scarlett/St. Clair/Dundas and Traffic Congestion Management for roadways / expressways

Where Does the Money Come From?

The 10-Year Preliminary Capital Plan requires:

  • Debt funding of $4.097 billion (79.5%), reflecting an increase of $10.804 million above the debt target primarily for the rehabilitation of the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge.
  • Additional capital financing of $772.603 million (15.0%) to be provided from reserve/reserve funds, primarily from the Capital Financing Reserve ($732.303 million).
  • Funding from Development Charges ($191.332 million or 3.7%); Recoverable Debt ($6.997 million or 0.1%); Federal/Provincial funding ($9.942 million or 0.2%) and third party funding ($74.032 million or

State of Good Repair Backlog

The 10-Year Preliminary Capital Plan’s spending on State of Good Repair is $4.484 billion which will decrease the accumulated backlog from $2.992 billion in 2018 to an anticipated $1.513 billion by 2027.  When rehabilitation on the Gardiner is excluded (SOGR eliminated by 2024), the SOGR backlog for remaining transportation infrastructure will increase from $682.788 million at 2017 year-end to an anticipated $1.513 billion in 2027. Transportation Services is currently collecting pavement condition data from across the City to update the replacement value, inventory and condition assessments of its infrastructure. This work is expected to be completed in 2018 and Transportation Services will provide an update on its asset value and accumulated SOGR backlog as part of the 2019 – 2028 Capital Budget and Plan submission.

Key Issues & Priority Actions

  • Addressing the State of Good Repair Backlog estimated to be $682.788 million at 2017 year-end (excluding F. G. Gardiner) and is anticipated to grow to $1.513 billion by 2027.
    • The 10-Year Preliminary Capital Plan includes funding of $4.484 billion for SOGR to mitigate some of the growth in the accumulated backlog primarily for major and local roads and the rehabilitation of the F.G. Gardiner Expressway.
  • 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.
    • The 10-Year Preliminary Capital Plan includes funding of $408 million for growth related projects, including projects that help manage traffic congestion in areas that have experienced significant growth over recent years.

2018 Capital Budget Highlights

The 2018 Preliminary Capital Budget for Transportation Services of $369.409 million, excluding carry forward funding, will:

  • Begin the construction for the King-Liberty Pedestrian & Cycling Bridge ($10.320 million); and continue projects leveraging the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) program such as Road Safety Plan, Cycling Infrastructure and TTC Surface Transit Operations ($19.885 million).
  • Continue the Traffic Congestion Management project to expand the existing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to better manage congestion on arterial roadways and expressways ($6.930 million).
  • Continue health and safety projects such as the Road Safety Plan ($3.645 million), new traffic control signals/devices ($2.180 million) and major modifications to signals ($1.790 million).
  • Continue work on service improvement projects such as Cycling Infrastructure ($8.100 million, excluding PTIF cycling infrastructure), and Advanced Traffic Signal Control ($0.970 million).

Transportation Services 2018 Budget Infographic
Transportation Services Infographic