Jim Jones - York Region Councillor | Driverless Autonomous Vehicle Strategy
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Driverless Autonomous Vehicle Strategy

Eliminate the First Mile / Last Mile (FMLM) Transit Problem

Cities across Europe are taking steps to become increasingly car-free. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is aiming for 80 percent of all trips to be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041, while Copenhagen authorities are aiming for three quarters of all trips to be made in these ways by 2025. Policy makers in Paris want to halve the number of private cars in the city center, and Madrid will band all non-resident vehicles except zero-emission delivery vehicles, taxis and public transport from its city center in November 2018. In Helsinki, the aim is to phase out the use of private cars by 2050, by providing on-demand, affordable public transport.

The ICE/GO plan is to reduce congestion, improve urban mobility, addressing sustainable economic growth and improve air quality. We must compete in terms of economic dynamism and quality of life. Transport/transit planning is one way to do that.

If people are able to call up a car at the touch of a smart phone, car ownership will drop, which will free up substantial tracts of urban land at train stations, shopping centres etc. Travelers could be encouraged to use the most efficient vehicle for each journey taken.

Autonomous vehicles will be used for the city’s FM/LM strategy, economics and social sustainability:

  • Autonomous vehicles will be at all ICE/GO rail stations to handle FM/LM transit issues
  • Work with Siemens, IBM, GM, Local Motors and York University to setup autonomous vehicle R&D and manufacturing facilities in Markham/York Region
  • Autonomous vehicles allow the reduction of commuter and commercial parking lots size
  • More GO stations improve connectivity, passenger mobility and respects the rider’s time
  • Modal split – The goal is 80% of all trips will be made on foot, bicycle or public transit
  • Operate 3-4 car trainsets at minimum 3-5-minute headways during peak hours and run 2 car trainsets the rest of the day – (4 car trainset will carry 800 people)
  • In off peak hours, freight cars could be inserted to handle local delivery on the ICE Line
  • Reduce the GO Station platform lengths from 300 metres to >132 metres