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Transportation Tomorrow Survey

The Regional Municipality of Durham has partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), Metrolinx, Toronto Transit Commission, and 18 other regional, county and single-tier municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe to undertake the 2016 Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS). The purpose of the TTS is to capture information on trips made by residents during a typical weekday. The TTS is a fundamental source of data used for long-range planning initiatives and the improvement of transportation facilities.

The 2016 TTS will start after Labour Day and end in mid-December. Invitation letters from the Minister of Transportation will be sent out to a randomly selected sample of households throughout the fall, inviting residents to complete the survey online or by phone. Some of these households will also be contacted by phone to complete the survey. The goal of the TTS is to obtain completed surveys for a five per cent sample of households throughout the survey area, which represents approximately 11,700 households within the Region of Durham. Participants are being asked questions about trips made by the members of their household, as well as general demographic and travel information. All information collected will be kept strictly confidential and cannot be traced to an individual household.

The first TTS was conducted in 1986, and 2016 marks the seventh survey to be undertaken. The TTS is the largest travel survey in Canada, and is timed to coincide with each Census year so that general relationships can be formulated regarding transportation and household characteristics. R.A. Malatest & Associates has been retained by MTO to conduct the 2016 TTS, in co-operation with the University of Toronto’s Data Management Group.

More information on the 2016 TTS can be obtained from the Transportation Tomorrow Survey website.

Results from the 2006 and 2011 TTS can be found in the following reports:

Commissioner’s Report 2014-P-17 (PDF) (February 18, 2014) summarizes the preliminary results of the 2011 TTS for the Region of Durham.

Commissioner’s Report 2009-P-70 (PDF) (October 20, 2009) summarizes the 2006 TTS survey results for municipal ward boundaries within the Region of Durham. 

Commissioner’s Report 2008-P-14 (PDF) (Feb. 19, 2008) summarizes the preliminary results of the 2006 TTS for the Region of Durham.