Travel in the Greater Toronto Area

The future of the city depends to a certain extent on the way in which people move around within it. Transportation affects economic competitiveness, air quality, residential and employment choices, and quality of life. In turn, it is affected by the health of the economy, infrastructure investment, urban form and densities, and the growth of the population.

This report looks at daily travel by Greater Toronto Area residents (but not goods movement or commercial transportation), using surveys conducted in 1964, 1986, 1991 and 1996. The results of a 2001 survey will be available in summer 2002. The first part of the report describes current (1996) travel patterns. The second part looks at changes in the population and development of the region that have affected transportation between 1964 and 1996. The third part describes how travel patterns have evolved since 1964.