Transportation services provides municipal parking, traffic operations and transportation planning services for the city.

Peterborough Transit service provides conventional public transit service to within 450 metres of 90% of the residents of the city as well as parallel transit service for people with physical disabilities.

Proposed Transportation and Public Transit 2020 budget

Highlights

Parking, Traffic and Transportation Planning 

 Parking
Parking revenue is expected to remain stable in 2020. Increased fine revenue and revenue associated with launch of HotSpot online parking payment system are offset by permanent loss of revenue from the Brock Street Lot (development), construction on Bethune Street, and closure of Charlotte Street for the Farmer's Market (summer). In future years, the permanent loss of on street parking spaces on Charlotte and Bethune Streets will adversely impact parking revenue.
 Traffic Operations
The Traffic Operations Review will include recommendations for short term improvements to intersections, signal timing, traffic operational policies, neighbourhood traffic calming, and system wide optimization of traffic flows through enhancements to signal timing on major road corridors. Under a separate project, the City has begun replacement of its Centralized Traffic Signal Control system and infrastructure to support the move to Smart Signals that automatically respond to prevailing traffic conditions.
Transportation Planning 

Transportation Demand Management programs have been growing as infrastructure and service improvements are made for walking, cycling, carpooling and transit. The budget includes $60,000 in funding for GreenUP to deliver TDM programs such as Shifting Gears, Cycling Skills Training Courses and Active School Travel.

Transportation Planning staff are coordinating Transportation Master Plan update.

Peterborough Transit

 Ridership

Ridership levels in 2018 exceeded forecasts due to the continuation of growth in post secondary enrollment levels. The new Community Bus route, implemented in the spring of 2018 has seen good ridership numbers with over 1000 boardings per month. This new service is providing an alternative option that is being used by a number of Handi-van customers, as expected.

 Transit ITS Program
Implementation of the Transit ITS Program will be fully operational by spring 2020, allowing for real time information on bus schedules and stop arrival times to be available over the web, smartphones, and at the main terminal. A new web interface and smart phone App was also introduced in late 2019 which allows for Specialized Transit customers to make trip requests over the internet and to receive real time bus arrival information for their booked rides. In 2019, three new conventional buses were purchased to allow for service expansion and to increase the spare ratio to sustain operations.
 Fleet Maintenance
In the spring of 2019, Fleet Maintenance moved to the new Public Works yard on Webber Street which increased the capacity to maintain the bus fleet, but resulted in additional costs and staff required to shuttle buses between the Fleet maintenance yard and the existing Transit Garage on Townsend Street. A recommended location for a new Transit Garage was presented and approved by Council in the fall of 2019, and work will continue through 2020 to complete the necessary EA study.
 Snow Clearing
Enhanced service for snow clearing at transit stops, as approved by Council as part of the Updated Winter Services Report (IPSPW18-009), will continue in 2020.
 Transit Route Review and Long-Term Growth Strategy 
In 2018, a Transit Route Review and Long-Term Growth Strategy was launched, and initial recommendations for route restructuring were presented to Council in November 2019 for approval, along with an implementation plan to enhance service levels and ridership over the medium to longer term horizons.
Provincial and Federal Government Funding
In 2019 the Provincial and Federal Governments launched the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Fund - Transit Stream, making up to $56 million in grant funding available to the City for new Transit Infrastructure. In addition to new vehicles to support service expansion, the City will be seeking funding under this program to test alternative fuel sources for buses and to fund construction of the proposed new Transit Garage.
Fares
Transit fares were last adjusted in 2013 and given the continued increase in operating costs a fare increase was recommended as part of the review to assist in funding the service improvement plan for transit.