Transportation Master Plan

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The Whitehorse Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is our long-term vision and strategy for transportation decision-making and investment over the next 20 years. The Transportation Master Plan guides how people and goods move around our city and sets our vision and priorities as a community in shaping a multi-modal transportation network. The TMP sets the direction for a vibrant city where people, goods, and places are conveniently connected by diverse transportation options and works towards developing a safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation network for all ages, abilities, incomes, and seasons.


Whitehorse has grown into a city of over 30,000 people. Over

The Whitehorse Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is our long-term vision and strategy for transportation decision-making and investment over the next 20 years. The Transportation Master Plan guides how people and goods move around our city and sets our vision and priorities as a community in shaping a multi-modal transportation network. The TMP sets the direction for a vibrant city where people, goods, and places are conveniently connected by diverse transportation options and works towards developing a safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation network for all ages, abilities, incomes, and seasons.


Whitehorse has grown into a city of over 30,000 people. Over the next 20 years Whitehorse is expected to grow to more than 40,000 people. With growth, we need to reevaluate how people and goods move throughout the City.

As we set the vision for our updated Transportation Master Plan, there are important decisions and meaningful discussions to be had as individuals and as a city towards developing and shaping an accessible, equitable, safe, and sustainable transportation network and ultimately a vibrant and livable Whitehorse. Transportation decisions affect us all. How people and goods move affects residents, businesses, and visitors alike whether you walk, cycle, take transit, drive, or ship products or have them delivered. All the choices we make moving forward will require some give and take, compromises, and tradeoffs.

The goal of the Whitehorse Transportation Master Plan is to establish our vision and priorities as a community in shaping a multi-modal transportation network through 2040. The plan aims to guide the City's strategic investment in transportation infrastructure and services across Whitehorse through 2040 with the goal of working towards an accessible, safe, equitable, and sustainable multi-modal transportation network.

Background

The City completed a major review of its transportation network with the completion of a 1992 Citywide Traffic Study and the subsequent 2004 City-Wide Transportation Study. The City had implemented many changes and new initiatives between the two large studies that fall under the broader category of general transportation issues. Accordingly, the 2004 study was progressive, for its time, in achieving a balanced multi-modal approach to the planning of the network. Alternative modes of transportation were considered and given more weight in the decision-making process than ever before through the identification and creation of pedestrian, cycling, and transit routes through the City, thus maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for Whitehorse citizens.

The City is responsible for all the roadways within the city boundaries, with the exception of the Alaska Highway and the North Klondike Highway, which are managed by the Government of Yukon - Department of Highways and Public Works. A number of significant studies and tasks are in progress or have been completed since the 2004 City-Wide Transportation Study. These include the following: The Transportation Demand Management Plan (2015), the Bicycle Network Plan (2018); Transit Master Plan (2018); Trail Plan (2020), numerous Area Development Studies; several new traffic signals; downtown parking studies; the development of the Whistle Bend subdivision; a new City Operations Building; plans for a new downtown City Services Building; and rapid development across the City. The City is currently developing studies that relate to the Transportation Master Plan, which are the Whitehorse 2040 Official Community Plan and the Transit Route Modernization Study. The Transportation Master Plan will build and integrate with these previous and existing planning processes and provided a unified and holistic approach for how we develop our transportation network.

  • Phase 2 Engagement - Engagement Summary Report

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    We have released the Phase 2 Engagement Summary Report on the proposed strategies and actions in the Transportation Master Plan.

    The report is a compilation of the feedback, perspectives, and insights provided by participants throughout the engagement period, which included two webinars, an open house and survey conducted over the last two years.

    The feedback is broken down into several themes shared by participants and respondents including:

    • Policy Projects;
    • Safety and Active Transportation Projects;
    • Transit Projects;
    • Intersections and Crossings;
    • Major Projects; and
    • Parking Projects.


    The report and feedback is now being used to finalize the final Transportation Master Plan which will be brought forward to Council this Winter where the public will have another opportunity to share their final thoughts.

  • Phase 2 Engagement - Engagement Closed

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    We have now concluded Phase 2 Engagement.

  • Phase 2 Engagement - Update

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    We are right in the middle of Phase 2 Engagement for the Whitehorse Transportation Master Plan. Here's some more information about Phase 2 Engagement and how you can get involved.

    What we're asking now:

    This phase of engagement focuses on sharing information and receiving feedback towards our draft strategies and actions. Check out Why We Engage | Engage Whitehorse to learn more about why we engage, how we engage, and how your input will be used.

    How to get involved:

    Here are a couple ways to get involved in Phase 2 Engagement for the Whitehorse Transportation Master Plan:

    Our promise to you:

    We will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge your concerns and preferences, and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.

  • Webinar #3 (Recording)

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    Recording of webinar hosted on June 7, 2023, 18:00-19:00 online via Zoom.

    On June 7, 2023, we hosted our third webinar for the Whitehorse Transportation Master Plan. Guided by the series’ theme, "Whitehorse Moves," this webinar focused on the draft implementation plan which includes strategies, actions, and projects which will help us move towards our envisioned transportation network. We also spent some time answering questions from attendees.

  • Phase 2 Engagement - Launch

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    We are launching the second phase of public engagement for the Whitehorse Transportation Master Plan project.

    Join us for a webinar on June 7 at 6 p.m., or at the public open house on June 14. These events will focus on reviewing the potential transportation improvements and the major themes of the draft Transportation Master Plan.

    You can also share your views on the potential improvements through our online survey from June 7 to 30.

    Learn more about the Transportation Master Plan and engagement opportunities on this site.

  • Webinar #2 (Recording)

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    Recording of webinar hosted on November 15, 2022, 18:00-19:00 online via Zoom.

    On November 15, 2022, we hosted our second webinar for the Whitehorse Transportation Master Plan. Guided by the series’ theme, "Whitehorse Moves," this webinar focused on Phase 1 Engagement results, best practices for transportation from around the world, and the City's vision and values for Transportation and Mobility. We also spent some time answering questions from attendees.


  • Phase 1 Engagement - Engagement Summary Report

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    We have now released the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) Engagement Summary Report. Click here to view.

    Throughout Phase 1 of this engagement period, we heard the following key themes:

    1. Increasing transportation options for all ages, abilities, incomes, and seasons;
    2. Improve traffic safety;
    3. Focus on core transportation services;
    4. Complete streets; and
    5. Climate action and sustainability.

    The report includes detailed feedback on what was heard from 20 stakeholder and interested party interviews, 180 survey submissions, and nearly 100 attendees to virtual and in-person engagement events. Feedback received in Phase 1 will be used to inform and guide the development of the draft and final TMP.

  • Webinar #1 (Recording)

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    Recording of webinar hosted on 18:00-19:00, November 30, 2021.

    On November 30, 2021, we hosted our first webinar for the Whitehorse Transportation Master Plan. Guided by the series’ theme, Whitehorse Moves, this webinar focused on our shared understanding of experiences and perceptions of the current transportation network. We explored how people move around the city; and explored barriers and motivators to movement in Whitehorse.

    There were many great questions asked by participants during the webinar and we did not have enough time to go into detail for all of them. Our team did however complete a list of detailed questions and responses.

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