Peelís 2011 Traffic Count Includes New Zones and Transit Impact
BRAMPTON, ON. (May 3, 2011) Ė The Region of Peel has begun the 2011 Cordon Count to collect vehicle and people movement data to monitor travel patterns. 263 Cordon Count stations in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon will be observed from late April until end of June where traffic will be measured. New stations have been added this year to monitor the use of new transportation infrastructure and services, including:
- Highway 410 extension (from Mayfield to Hurontario)
- Brampton Transit and ZUM service along Queen Street for both passenger and bus impacts on traffic
- The new Mayfield/Highway 50 Commuter Parking Lot
- Two new overpasses at Highway 403
“There have been a lot of changes in the past few years, such as the economic downturn, new developments in Brampton and Caledon, and major road improvements throughout the Region,” said Gary Kocialek, Area Lead, Transportation Planning. “We are very interested in finding out how travel patterns have shifted as a result of these events. Cordon Count is an important traffic-data collection program in Peel. This up-to-date information will help the Region identify road improvements, and to better understand and plan for future needs.”
The Cordon Count data is used for:
- Conducting environmental assessments for road widening and intersection improvement projects,
- Influencing and shaping development applications,
- Validating the Region’s travel demand forecasting model and other transportation data collected,
- Updating the long range transportation plan that feeds into the official plan, and
- Supporting planning initiatives like the Caledon Transportation Needs Study and Peel’s active transportation plan.
The data helps shape transportation policy and plan future infrastructures. The count provides an understanding of how population growth is changing travel trends. Area municipalities will receive data for local planning and forecasts.
About Peel’s Cordon Count
The Cordon Count involves counting vehicle types (including trucks and bikes), vehicle occupancy and the direction of travel. Coinciding with Census survey, a full count is conducted every five years (2006 and 2011), and partial count every two to three years (2004 and 2009). The count began at the end of April and continues until mid-June. Counts are undertaken from Monday to Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. †Count stations where the counting takes place are located throughout Peel Region on major roads, local roads and highways. Results from the 2011 count will be available by the end of this year. Results from previous Cordon Counts can be found online at peeldatacentre.ca
The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, visit www.peelregion.ca or follow Public Works on Twitter for updates.