Resources for transportation planners
Find resources, advice and guidelines to support municipalities and other transportation planners.
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Economic cost benefit analysis
An economic cost benefit analysis (ECBA) is a way to compare the economic merits of transportation infrastructure proposals. We often ask for an economic cost benefit analysis with proposals for transportation infrastructure projects.
We can provide technical advice and guidance for completing an ECBA, including providing a copy of our ECBA guidance, which is based on international best-practices, with a specific focus on Ontario's unique transportation system.
To request a copy of the ECBA guide, email the Economics and Methodologies office at email@example.com.
Freight supportive guidelines
We have detailed guidelines to help urban planners, municipal engineers, developers and others better understand and plan for the vehicles that transport goods through our communities. These guidelines can help you:
- plan for available land
- design sites
- manage municipal transportation networks
The guidelines include best practices and implementation strategies for rural and urban communities. They draw on past experiences in Ontario, North America and around the world.
Transit supportive guidelines
These guidelines help urban planners, transit planners, developers and others create an environment that supports public transit and promotes transit ridership.
Transit-Supportive Guidelines are based on transit-friendly land-use planning, urban design and operational best-practices. The guidelines draw from experiences in Ontario, North America and around the world.
Road Talk newsletter
Road Talk is a technical newsletter that focuses on new technologies and innovations related to transportation infrastructure. Road Talk covers topics such as:
- the environment
Each issue contains insights and information directly from the Ministry of Transportation’s researchers, scientists and technical staff.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe to Road Talk.
This resource for transportation planners, service providers and academics is produced by the Ministry of Transportation.
Vol 26, no 1: Fall 2021 (PDF)
Email email@example.com for past issues of Road Talk.
Highway corridor management
- have a role in the land development review process
- issue permits for construction activities on or near provincial highways
Learn more about highway corridor management resources and online services and find out why you should consult with us early on in the planning process.
Drainage and hydrology
There are drainage and hydrology information and resources available to support transportation planners with:
- design and construction of highway drainage infrastructure
- highway corridor control
- highway maintenance
Visit the MTO technical publications site for:
- Highway drainage design standards
- MTO gravity pipe design guidelines: circular culverts and storm sewers
- Drainage directives
- Municipal drains - outlet liability assessment factors for MTO highway rights of way
- Guide for preparing hydrology reports for water crossings
- Stormwater management requirements for land development proposals
- MTO drainage management manual (DMM)
Research and technical documents
MTO online library
Find technical information and research on our online library catalogue including:
- technical manuals
- standards, policy and development reports
- research papers
You can also buy print copies online. If you would like to borrow from the physical collection, contact your local library to arrange for an Inter-Library Loan.
To request a document or information in an alternate format or for more information about the library please email MTO.Library@ontario.ca.
The Ministry of Transportation also has technical publications used for the design, construction and maintenance of our transportation network such as:
- special provisions