Trust and Confidence Report

Transportation Planning Profile

Transportation Planning ensures that people’s day to day travel choices are safe, convenient and reliable. Over time, transportation planning helps the City become more sustainable. This is consistent with the City's vision, and the goals established as part of the Transportation Master Planning process.

This service :

  • Monitors and reports on the implementation progress of the Transportation Master Plan
  • Plans and designs cycling infrastructure
  • Manages Sustainable Mobility Programs including the Smart Commute Hamilton workplace program, Hamilton Bike Share, and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) initiatives, infrastructure, and policies
  • Provides bicycle parking audits and implementation
  • Provides school travel planning
  • Provides pedestrian mobility planning
  • Performs and oversees pedestrian and cycling data collection and counts
  • Monitors and reviews the Truck Route Network
  • Management of Strategic Road Network Modelling (EMME)
  • Provides transportation planning input for development applications


Service Details

Related Subservices

  • Sustainable Mobility Programs
  • Active Transportation Planning (Pedestrians and Cycling)
  • Transportation Development Review
  • Public Bike Share System (Sobi)
  • Long-range Plans, Studies and Policies
  • Traffic Neighbourhood Planning

Type of Service

  • Public facing


  • Core municipal service
  • This service is legislated to provide a safe and reliable transportation network and to link to a Provincial transportation network.
  • Smart Commute Hamilton is a partnership program overseen by Metrolinx.

Primary Funding Sources

  • Net Levy
  • Capital Budget
  • Grants/Subsidies for Sustainable Mobility and Active Transportation

Service Level

  • At standard


Performance Measures


How much did you do? (volume)

  • Smart Commute employers: 28
  • Bicycle parking stalls installed: 40
  • Schools participating in Active and Sustainable School Transportation process: 88
  • Development Applications reviewed: 720
  • Kilometers of cycling networks installed: 9.5 (plus 5 km of upgraded facilities)

How much did you do? (volume)

  • Smart Commute employers: 24
  • Bicycle parking stalls installed: 93
  • Schools participating in Active and Sustainable School Transportation process: 63
  • Development Applications reviewed: 430
  • Kilometers of cycling networks installed: 10

How much did you do? (volume)

  • Completed Transportation Master Plan (2018).
  • Twenty-four Smart Commute employers participating in the program, representing over 92,000 employees and students.
  • 10 new schools started the Active and Sustainable School Transportation planning process, bringing the total involved in the program to 63 schools across the city.
  • 93 bicycle parking stalls Installed.
  • 259 Development Applications reviewed (Feb 2018 – July 2018).
  • Over 10 kilometers of cycling network including bicycle lanes, bicycle paths, and paved shoulders.

How well did you do it? (quality)

  • SoBi Hamilton recorded over 1,800,000 kilometers travelled since its launch in 2015. Over 423,000 trips were made on the system - a 33% increase over 2016.
  • Chedoke Stairs reached 1,002,013 total trips in 2017, with an average of 2,745 trips being made each day.

Is anyone better off? (impact)

  • Smart Commute Hamilton employees avoided 94,000 vehicle kilometres travelled (VKT) resulting in 11.3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions saved.
  • Improved mobility options and healthier outcomes through increased pedestrian and cycling activity.