County seeks input from residents for future transportation needs

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Simcoe County is looking 30 years into the future and is seeking input from residents to help provide direction for planning, coordination, and implementation of a multi-municipal road and transit network.

This includes active transportation amenities such as commuter facilities, as well as bike lanes and trail networks.

The information will be gathered using a virtual Public Information Centre (PIC), to support updates to the regional Transportation Master Plan.

You can visit the PIC by going on-line at www.simcoe.ca/tmp to view the virtual centre. There is an interactive engagement space containing project display boards, a public opinion survey and an area to submit feedback and comments.

“The insights from businesses, organizations and individuals during previous updates proved invaluable, providing the basis for the County's investments in our transportation infrastructure including funding to support a variety of transportation projects, growth of trail networks and the launch of our successful LINX Transit System,” Said County Warden George Cornell. “The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the travel needs of our residents and we encourage citizens, businesses and partners to provide input and help us make further strategic investments in transportation infrastructure across Simcoe County.”

Based on the findings of the 2014 Transportation Master Plan, the County made several investments.

This includes the establishment of the LINX Transit System – a conventional public transit system that links major urban hubs and local transit services across the region.

In January 2020, the County became the majority owner of the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport.

Significant investments were made to enhance the County Road Network including the expansion of County Road 90 to a four-lane cross section plus a continuous centre turning lane.

The Trails Connecting Communities Program was established in 2009 to assist municipalities in the development of active transportation and recreation opportunities with a focus on enhancing and / or expanding trail networks for non-motorized use and improve trail accessibility.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times