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					  TDM to Support Transit
Town of Markham Experience


  ACT Canada --TDM Summit
  Toronto November 16, 2009
Overview

 Introduction to Markham
 (2002) Markham Transportation Plan
 Markham TDM Experience




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Population – 300,000
Employment – 137,000
16th largest City in Canada
and 4th in the GTA




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Transportation Plan Study 2002

                  Rapid Transit

              Road            Policy
           Networks           Initiatives

                   Education and
                      Support
                  Programs (TDM)

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Our TDM Journey
   1990’s - OPA 5 set stage for ‘Markham Centre’ development; mixed land use, density to
    support rapid transit and desired community character
   2001 – Markham hosts ‘Portland Sessions’ and ‘Great Transportation Debate’ to engage
    the public and business stakeholders concerning TMA’s and Rapid Transit
   2002 – Markham Transportation Plan Study (MTPS) creates policy context to support the
    development of a ‘Parking Authority’ and ‘Transportation Management Association’
   2004 – Smart Commute 404-7 TMA launched and Markham Centre Parking Strategy
    prepared
   2005 – Province of Ontario introduces ‘Places to Grow’ and ‘Green Belt’ Acts designed to
    manage growth and support sustainability
   September 2005 – Viva – YRT Bus Rapid Transit launched, first on street ‘pay and
    display’ units installed by Town of Markham and Board of Trade assumes TMA operation
   July 2007 – First meeting Markham Parking Advisory Committee
   January 2008 – Markham Transportation Strategic Plan 5 year update begun and
    Markham Centre and Langstaff identified as a Metrolinx – ‘Mobility Hubs’


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Employee Commuter Option Program
   ‘Lead by example’
   Employer Sponsored Transit (EST)
         50% discount on YRT fares
   Carpool Zone – ‘ride matching’
         On-line ride matching and preferred parking
   Bicycle User Group (B.U.G.)
         Access to change room and discounts at bike shops
         Bike Share Program for employees
   Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH)
         Taxi or rental car for emergencies, overtime, etc.
   Telework research

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Transportation Management
   Association (TMA)
   Formed under the Transport Canada -
    Urban Transportation Showcase
    Program (UTSP)
   Today – Markham, Richmond Hill,
    York Region and Metrolinx provide
    program funding and in-kind support
   Operated by the Markham Board of
    Trade and Richmond Hill Chamber of
    Commerce
   Markham Centre commercial
    developments requested to participate



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                 Markham Businesses
Active                                     Engaged
CAA                                       ACNielsen
CGI                                        Allstate Insurance
Hilton Suites                              AMD
 HSBC                                      American Express
 IBM                                       Giesecke & Devirent
 LexisNexis                               Honeywell
 Markham Board Of Trade                    HSBC Financial
 Scholastic Canada            22,000 +     Johnson & Johnson
 Seneca College               Employees    Toshiba Canada
 Sunny Crunch                              Lyreco Canada
 Town Of Markham                           Markham Stouffville Hospital
 The MMM Group                             Nike
 URS Canada                                Philips
 Wah Lung Label                            Timex
 York Catholic School Board                YMCA – Markham Centre



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Smart Commute 404-7 and Smart Commute Association
Award Winning program

   2006 Transportation Association
    of Canada - Sustainable Urban
    Transportation Award; presented
    to Markham & Richmond Hill
    Councils for the SC 404-7 program

   2007 FCM-CH2M Hill - Sustainable
    Community Award for
    Transportation presented to York
    Region along with Metrolinx,
    Regions of Halton, Peel and
    Durham as well as the Cities of
    Hamilton, Mississauga and Toronto.   TAC presentation to Markham
                                         Council November 2007
   2008 OPPI - Planning Excellence
    and Healthy Communities Award
    to Smart Commute Program




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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
• Transit service (Markham,
Vaughan and Richmond Hill)
amalgamated in 2001
• Phase 1 - Viva ‘Quick Start’
launched September 2005
• Phase 2 - ‘Rapidways’
• Limited park and ride
facilities available
• Bicycle racks available at
Viva stops
• 18.6 million trips annually
• 64,000 weekday trips



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TDM and Development
   Markham Centre ‘Sustainable Transportation’
    checklist

   Willingness to drive TDM deeper into the
    development process across all areas of the
    Town

   Requests being made for TDM Plans/Memos
    associated with developments requiring parking
    variances

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Policy Initiatives
• Zoning to support mixed use
development
• Urban design to promote non-
auto travel
• Parking Management to
optimize land development




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Parking Management
    Strategy
 • Town to take an active role in parking supply
      management
  •   Policies should provide ‘optimal’ parking supply in
      Markham Centre and Langstaff
  •   Phase in ‘on street’ paid parking
  •   Establish appropriate parking governance model
  •   Develop a business operations and capitalization plan
  •   Study expanded to examine areas across the Town
      (nodes and corridors) with parking pressures


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    Parking Management Considerations
•   Land use intensification and increasing density
    become triggers to refine parking management

•   Transit and active transportation investments are
    optimized in areas where ‘market based’ parking
    exists

•   Position ‘paid parking’ as an investment in the
    community and not another tax

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THANK YOU

         Gordon Landon
     York Regional Councillor
        Town of Markham
      glandon@markham.ca




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