The System in 2030
Looking ahead to 2030, the Gateway Council envisions cargo and passenger volumes doubling. This would provide tremendous economic opportunities for the Region. Under this scenario total Gateway employment could reach 250,000.
A vibrant regional economy will attract new businesses to locate here and expand local demand for Gateway services: imports, exports, travel and tourism. As Gateway business expands and the Region’s population grows, pressure will increase on the Gateway road and rail systems.
It is estimated that by 2030 (compared to 2005) there will be:
0.8 to 1.3 million more container truck trips
19.5 million more people accessing the airport
39,000 more rail cars on the rail system
0.9 - 1.0 million more vehicles on the roads
To handle this growth and realize the Region’s gateway potential, requires an efficient, multi-modal transportation system involving major investments in roads, rail and water-routes.
A Commercial Transportation System for 2030
The Gateway Council envisages a Major Commercial Transportation System (MCTS) to accommodate future growth in goods, services and international passenger movements. It would comprise a designated road network, increased road and rail system capacity, short sea shipping and transit system expansion.