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.

Highlights

Parking, Traffic and Transportation Planning 

Parking
Parking revenue was significantly lower than forecast in 2020 due to the COVID-19 response. Collection of parking revenue at on street meters and lots was suspended from March to August, and enforcement focused on only critical infractions only, impacting fine revenue accordingly. Parking revenue for 2021 is expected to
recover to pre-COVID levels, as continued loosening of provincial restrictions and the gradual return of downtown employment and shopping activity resumes. An $0.25 increase in hourly parking rates and a 10% increase monthly passes has been incorporated into the budget reflecting Council direction during the budget
guidelines discussion. Discounts will be introduced for those using the Hotspot online payment system to pay for hourly parking.
Traffic Operations

A Traffic Calming Study was completed in 2020, providing a new Traffic Calming Policy and recommendations for 2021 implementation of traffic calming measures in 5 neighbourhoods across the City. 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 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 a Transportation Master Plan update and a Cycling Master Plan. 

2021 Budget Overview

Parking, Traffic and Transportation Planning
Description2021 recommended
Expenditures $5,256,819
Revenues $3,043,305
Net requirement $2,213,514

Peterborough Transit

Ridership

Ridership levels in 2020 dropped significantly due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Post-secondary ridership was impacted by closure on Fleming and Trent campuses in March 2020 and the move to online course delivery in the Fall of 2020. Post-secondary ridership is expected to recover to within 85% of pre-COVID levels by the end of 2021, a more gradual return is expected for other transit customers. Overall fare revenue is expected to return to 2019 levels. 

Transit ITS Program
Implementation of the Transit ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) Program will be fully operational by spring 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 2020 transit launched the Google Transit application to allow for online trip planning for passengers using Google Maps. 
Fleet
In 2020, six conventional buses were ordered as part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), for delivery in spring 2021 to ensure the spare ratio can sustain operations.
 Transit Service to Selwyn Township
Transit service to Selwyn Township was also delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and service is  expected to launch in 2021 under a cost recovery service delivery model. In 2021 work will begin on  reviewing alternative fuel sources for buses to guide future decision making.
Transit Network Redesign - COVID-19 Response
The Transit Network Redesign implemented in June 2020 as part of the COVID-19 response is anticipated to remain in service during part of 2021, with adjustments to reflect changing ridership trends.
 Transit Route Review and Long-Term Growth Strategy 

In 2018, a Transit Route Review and Long-Term Growth Strategy was launched. Completion of the study was put on hold during the pandemic response, and is expected to be completed in early 2021, with recommendations for a permanent Transit network.

New Transit Garage project
Work will continue in 2021 to advance the new Transit Garage project and complete the necessary Environmental Assessment study and design work to prepare for future funding applications under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan (ICIP) program.
Fares
A 10% fare increase has been included in the base transit budget to reflect Council direction during the budget guidelines deliberations. 

Performance Data - Transit boardings

Passenger boardings
Service type20192020 (forecast)
Conventional Transit 4,746,000 2,175,000
Handi-Van 31,900 22,600

2021 Budget Overview

Transit
Description2021 recommended
Expenditures $17,512,039
Revenues $7,910,160
Net requirement $9,601,879