We're updating the city's transportation master plan and we need your help!

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Thank you to everyone who has participated in this project! The final Waterloo Transportation Master Plan staff report will be presented to Council on Monday, April 19. The final version of the updated Transportation Master Plan is now available, as are some final report FAQs.

Project Background

The City of Waterloo is undertaking a study to review and update the community's transportation master plan. The objectives of the study are to:

  • Develop a guiding transportation policy document
  • Provide more travel options;
  • Describe how to develop a community that is less reliant on cars for travel
  • Describe how the city can leverage recent investments in light rail transit (ION) and active transportation to encourage citizens to walk, cycle and use transit more

The revised plan will provide an up-to-date strategy for moving people and goods around the city now and into the future. With Waterloo changing and growing, the transportation system needs to adapt to who we are today and where we want to be in 25 years.

Please consider sharing your thoughts and comments on the future of transportation in the city through this page or by emailing WaterlooTMP@ptsl.com.

Thank You for Your Feedback in Phase 1!

Last summer, we asked community members where they go in Waterloo, what transportation modes they use, and what challenges they experience when moving around the city. You can read What We Heard in our Phase 1 Engagement Summary.

Phase 2 documents now available!

Our team has developed draft policy directions and network plans for the city’s future transportation system. The updated material includes information related to:

  • Guiding Philosophies and Strategies such as Complete Streets, Vision Zero and Emerging Technologies
  • Network Planning and Design guidance for active transportation and roadways; and
  • Operations and Maintenance strategies for winter maintenance of active transportation facilities and speed limits in the City.

A Technical Summary of the Phase 2 policy and planning work is now available in the Document Library.

Phase 3!

Although this project has experienced a few delays with city staff taking on other priorities during the pandemic, the third and final round of engagement for Waterloo’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is under way. On January 18, 2021 – staff are seeking Council approval to release the draft TMP report to the community for review. Feedback will be received until February 19 with staff targeting the final report for Council approval at the April 19, 2021 meeting. The draft TMP report and associated appendices have been prepared in several volumes for ease of downloading and reviewing. The current target for completion of the TMP is late 2020/early 2021

Thank you to everyone who has participated in this project! The final Waterloo Transportation Master Plan staff report will be presented to Council on Monday, April 19. The final version of the updated Transportation Master Plan is now available, as are some final report FAQs.

Project Background

The City of Waterloo is undertaking a study to review and update the community's transportation master plan. The objectives of the study are to:

  • Develop a guiding transportation policy document
  • Provide more travel options;
  • Describe how to develop a community that is less reliant on cars for travel
  • Describe how the city can leverage recent investments in light rail transit (ION) and active transportation to encourage citizens to walk, cycle and use transit more

The revised plan will provide an up-to-date strategy for moving people and goods around the city now and into the future. With Waterloo changing and growing, the transportation system needs to adapt to who we are today and where we want to be in 25 years.

Please consider sharing your thoughts and comments on the future of transportation in the city through this page or by emailing WaterlooTMP@ptsl.com.

Thank You for Your Feedback in Phase 1!

Last summer, we asked community members where they go in Waterloo, what transportation modes they use, and what challenges they experience when moving around the city. You can read What We Heard in our Phase 1 Engagement Summary.

Phase 2 documents now available!

Our team has developed draft policy directions and network plans for the city’s future transportation system. The updated material includes information related to:

  • Guiding Philosophies and Strategies such as Complete Streets, Vision Zero and Emerging Technologies
  • Network Planning and Design guidance for active transportation and roadways; and
  • Operations and Maintenance strategies for winter maintenance of active transportation facilities and speed limits in the City.

A Technical Summary of the Phase 2 policy and planning work is now available in the Document Library.

Phase 3!

Although this project has experienced a few delays with city staff taking on other priorities during the pandemic, the third and final round of engagement for Waterloo’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is under way. On January 18, 2021 – staff are seeking Council approval to release the draft TMP report to the community for review. Feedback will be received until February 19 with staff targeting the final report for Council approval at the April 19, 2021 meeting. The draft TMP report and associated appendices have been prepared in several volumes for ease of downloading and reviewing. The current target for completion of the TMP is late 2020/early 2021

  • Final TMP Staff Report

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    08 Apr 2021

    Staff report IPPW2021-003 City of Waterloo Transportation Master Plan Update was presented to Council on January 18th. The report requested that the draft Transportation Master Plan documents be released for community input as the final engagement process to this study. Following completion of the engagement process, staff are bringing forward the final report via staff report IPPW2021-037 City of Waterloo Transportation Master Plan on April 19th for Council approval.

    The associated Transportation Master Plan document is a large file that has been broken up as follows for ease of download and reading. There are also some final report FAQs available.

    Executive Summary (pdf)

    • A summary of the entire project contents, including recommendations.

    Introduction and Table of Contents (pdf)

    • Chapter 1 of the report Introduces the project, including Purpose and Objectives. The table of contents provides information on where to find areas of interest within the larger report.

    Volume 1 Foundations (pdf)

    • Chapter 2 – Stakeholder Engagement summarizes the engagement activities carried out in developing the WTMP with details of the program content, communication methods and feedback received.
    • Chapter 3 – Planning Context details the policy framework for the WTMP.
    • Chapter 4 – Existing Environment describes the natural, cultural and socioeconomic environments.
    • Chapter 5 – Transportation System documents current transportation networks and travel characteristics at the time of preparing the plan.
    • Chapter 6 – Future Outlook identifies anticipated transportation opportunities and challenges, the alternative planning solutions considered to address expected needs, and the City’s transportation vision and objectives.
    • Chapter 7 – Implementation explains the process and tools for implementing the WTMP, highlights operating and maintenance considerations, and proposes monitoring strategies and a process of continual review and updates to the plan.

    Volume 2 Active Transportation Strategy (pdf)

    • Chapter 8 – Active Transportation presents the proposed cycling and pedestrian networks and supporting policies, guidelines, and end-of-trip facilities, with a description of the process followed to develop this component of the plan.

    Volume 3 Roads, Transit and Future Mobility Strategies (pdf)

    • Chapter 10 – Transit and Future Mobility outlines new and developing transportation considerations including measures to support transit, emerging mobility options, mobility as a service and mobility on demand, and connected and autonomous vehicles.

    Appendix A Engagement Program (pdf)

    • All public notices, survey information and other public consultation and engagement for the project.

    Appendix B Updated Sidewalk Policy (pdf)

    • Draft version of the new policy for review.

    Working Papers (Technical Memoradums) (pdf)


  • Draft Transportation Master Plan documents (staff report IPPW2021-003 attachments)

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    11 Jan 2021

    The staff report IPPW2021-003 City of Waterloo Transportation Master Plan Update (PDF, begins page 82) was presented to Council on January 18th. The associated Transportation Master Plan document is a large file that has been broken up as follows for ease of download and reading:


    Executive Summary (pdf)

    • A summary of the entire project contents, including recommendations.


    Introduction and Table of Contents (pdf)

    • Chapter 1 of the report Introduces the project, including Purpose and Objectives. The table of contents provides information on where to find areas of interest within the larger report.


    Volume 1 Foundations (pdf)

    • Chapter 2 – Stakeholder Engagement summarizes the engagement activities carried out in developing the WTMP with details of the program content, communication methods and feedback received.
    • Chapter 3 – Planning Context details the policy framework for the WTMP.
    • Chapter 4 – Existing Environment describes the natural, cultural and socioeconomic environments.
    • Chapter 5 – Transportation System documents current transportation networks and travel characteristics at the time of preparing the plan.
    • Chapter 6 – Future Outlook identifies anticipated transportation opportunities and challenges, the alternative planning solutions considered to address expected needs, and the City’s transportation vision and objectives.
    • Chapter 7 – Implementation explains the process and tools for implementing the WTMP, highlights operating and maintenance considerations, and proposes monitoring strategies and a process of continual review and updates to the plan.


    Volume 2 Active Transportation Strategy (pdf)

    • Chapter 8 – Active Transportation presents the proposed cycling and pedestrian networks and supporting policies, guidelines, and end-of-trip facilities, with a description of the process followed to develop this component of the plan.


    Volume 3 Roads, Transit and Future Mobility Strategies (pdf)

    • Chapter 10 – Transit and Future Mobility outlines new and developing transportation considerations including measures to support transit, emerging mobility options, mobility as a service and mobility on demand, and connected and autonomous vehicles.


    Appendix A Engagement Program (pdf)

    • All public notices, survey information and other public consultation and engagement for the project.


    Appendix B Updated Sidewalk Policy (pdf)

    • Draft version of the new policy for review.


    Compendium of Working Papers (Technical Memoradums) (pdf)

    Any comments on these documents or the project as a whole can be added to the Comments section of the project page.


    Three key components of the WTMP are the Winter Maintenance (Section 8.6, Volume 2, page 134), Vision Zero (Section 9.2.1 and 9.2.2, Volume 3, page 164) and Neighbourhood Wide 40 km/h Speed Limit (Section 9.2.3, Volume 3, page 168) policies, and we want to know if these draft policies are headed in the right direction. Please take some time to review the information in the draft WTMP, and share your thoughts with us.