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.


Parking, Traffic and Transportation Planning 

Parking revenue was significantly lower than forecast in 2021 due to the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions. Parking revenue for 2022 is expected to recover to pre-COVID-19 levels, as downtown activity resumes. The rehabilitation of the Simcoe Parking Garage, initiated in 2021, should be completed by June of 2022. New parking control systems were installed at both parking garages in 2021 to improve convenience for customers. 
Traffic Operations

A Traffic Calming Policy was approved in 2021 and temporary traffic calming measures were implemented in five neighbourhoods
across the City. Plans for three additional neighbourhoods will be presented to Council in the first quarter of 2022. The City initiated a Smart Traffic Signal pilot program on the Lansdowne Street corridor and evaluation of the Smart Signals pilot will continue into early 2022. 

Transportation Planning 

The Cycling Master Plan was completed in 2021 and staff will begin to implement the study recommendations in 2022. In addition to capital funding to support new trails and cycling lanes, the budget includes $60,000 in funding to support the delivery of programs such as Shifting Gears, Cycling Skills Training Courses and Active School Travel, which are delivered through partner organizations. 

Transportation Planning staff are coordinating a number of Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Studies and will be completing the Transportation Master Plan Update in the first quarter of 2022.

2022 Budget Overview

Parking, Traffic and Transportation Planning
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $5,695,242
Revenues $3,143,260
Net requirement $12,667,939

Peterborough Transit


Ridership figures for 2020 include normal pre-COVID-19 ridership for January and February 2020 followed by reduced ridership for
the March 2020 - December 2020 period as the pandemic took hold in Canada. Ridership levels in 2021 remained significantly
lower than normal due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Post Secondary ridership was impacted by closure on Fleming and Trent campuses during the winter-summer semesters in 2021.
Ridership recovery began in Fall of 2021 as post secondary institutions returned to in-person classes, and residents started to return to pre-COVID-19 activity levels. Post Secondary ridership is expected to recover to within 85% of pre-COVID-19 levels by the end of 2022, a more gradual return is still expected for other transit customers. Overall fare revenue is expected to return to 2019 levels. Higher fuel costs and insurance costs are contributing to the increase in net operating costs for 2022.

Transit ITS Program
Implementation of the Transit ITS Program was fully operational in the fall of 2021, allowing for real time information on bus schedules and stop arrival times to be available over the web, smartphones, and at the main terminal. 
In 2021, six conventional buses were delivered as part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Work will continue in 2022 to advance the new Transit Garage project and complete the necessary EA study and design work to prepare for future funding applications under the ICIP program. 
 Transit Service to Selwyn Township
Transit service to Selwyn Township was also delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and launched in May 2021 under a cost recovery service delivery model. 
On-demand pilot service
On-demand pilot service launched in 2021 and will continue through 2022.
Transit Route Review and Long-Term Growth Strategy 

In 2021, the Transit Route Review and Long-Term Growth Strategy was completed and approved by Council. The new Transit route system will be launched permanently in May of 2022.

Alternative fuel sources
In 2021 work began on reviewing alternative fuel sources for buses to guide future decision making. This study is expected to be  completed in the second quarter of 2022.

Performance Data - Transit boardings

Passenger boardings
Service type20192020 2021 (forecast)
Conventional Transit 4,746,000 2,034,200 2,000,000
Accessible Transit Service 31,900 19,930 16,600

2022 Budget Overview

Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $18,556,657
Revenues $8,440,700
Net requirement $10,115,957