NGTA Corridor Planning and Environmental Assessment Study
Draft Area Transportation System Problems and Opportunities Report
FACTORS INFLUENCING TRANSPORTATION DEMAND IN THE
The need for additional capacity has been identified in anticipation of increased
transportation demand for both person trips and goods movement as a result of
population and employment growth and to support growth in tourism and trade.
Provincial policies, including the approved Growth Plan, also identify transportation as a
foundation element in support of land use and economic growth.
A number of elements have a bearing on the potential future transportation capacity
deficiencies within the Study Area. These elements must be well understood in order to
appreciate the scope and nature of the transportation problems and opportunities that
must be addressed. They include both transportation supply and demand characteristics.
Supply side characteristics include the capacity of existing and planned transportation
system infrastructure for all modes of travel – road, transit, rail, marine and air, for the
movement of both people and goods. Supply side characteristics have been described in
the Overview of Transportation and Socio-Economic Conditions Report (December
Demand side characteristics include the potential future growth in person trips and goods
movements and the alternative ways that those trips may be assigned to the transportation
system. The following section discusses the factors that influence the future demand for
transportation within the Study Area, namely the planned multi-modal inter-regional
transportation system (supply), the movement of people and goods, policy, land use,
economy, trade and tourism.
MOVING PEOPLE AND GOODS
The primary function of the inter-regional transportation system is to facilitate the
movement of people and goods within and through the Study Area. This is accomplished
by using all...