Item - 2018.PW26.4

Tracking Status

PW26.4 - Preparing the City of Toronto for Automated Vehicles

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on January 31 and February 1, 2018, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the first quarter of 2019 with specific recommendations and a detailed and comprehensive Automated Vehicle Tactical Plan. 

 

2.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to explore opportunities to enhance partnerships with other levels of government including other municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, province of Ontario, and across Canada to share strategies and develop best practices. 

 

3.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to explore opportunities to collaborate with Sidewalk Labs in the process to develop policy and infrastructure related to Automated Vehicles.

 

4.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to pursue formal membership in the Municipal Alliance for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Ontario, a committee organized by the Ontario Good Roads Association. 
 

5.  City Council request the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to include this issue in their upcoming Annual Conference and Trade Show, scheduled to be held May 31 to June 3, 2018.

Background Information (Committee)

(January 5, 2018) Report and Attachments 1 to 3 from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Preparing the City of Toronto for Automated Vehicles
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-110665.pdf
Attachment 4 - Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles: Transportation Services Workplan 2016-2018
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-110676.pdf
(January 19, 2018) Presentation from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Preparing the City of Toronto for Automated Vehicles
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-111659.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(January 16, 2018) Letter from Andy Manahan, Executive Director, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (PW.New.PW26.4.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/comm/communicationfile-78048.pdf
(January 19, 2018) Letter from Dr. Eric J. Miller and Dr. Judy Farvolden University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (PW.New.PW26.4.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/comm/communicationfile-78169.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(January 30, 2018) E-mail from Robin Riko (CC.New.PW26.4.3)
(January 31, 2018) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (CC.New.PW26.4.4)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Feb-01-2018 7:49 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW26.4 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Giorgio Mammoliti, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson

PW26.4 - Preparing the City of Toronto for Automated Vehicles

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the first quarter of 2019 with specific recommendations and a detailed and comprehensive Automated Vehicle Tactical Plan. 

 

2.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to explore opportunities to enhance partnerships with other levels of government including other municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, province of Ontario, and across Canada to share strategies and develop best practices. 

 

3.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to explore opportunities to collaborate with Sidewalk Labs in the process to develop policy and infrastructure related to Automated Vehicles (AVs).

 

4.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to pursue formal membership in the Municipal Alliance for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Ontario (MACAVO), a committee organized by the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA). 
 

5.  City Council request the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to include this issue in their upcoming Annual Conference and Trade Show, scheduled to be held May 31 to June 3, 2018.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee:

 

1.  Requested the General Manager, Transportation Services to include support of initiatives that reduce congestion and increase vehicle throughput in the Automated Vehicle Tactical Plan 2019-2021, contained in Attachment 3 to the report (January 5, 2018) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

The General Manager, Transportation Services gave a presentation on Preparing the City of Toronto for Automated Vehicles.

Origin

(January 5, 2018) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services

Summary

Automated vehicles are now on Toronto's streets, in various forms and for a variety of purposes. Partially automated vehicles are providing assistance to drivers in the form of cruise control, automated braking, and other safety features included in newer vehicles. Highly automated vehicles - often referred to as driverless or autonomous cars - are being tested on public roads in Ontario, including Toronto, through a permit from the Ministry of Transportation. These more advanced vehicles have the potential to reshape our transportation system, impacting road safety, traffic congestion, mobility equity, and environmental health.

 

This report responds to a request from the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee to provide an overview of the steps taken to date, and actions proposed, to prepare the City of Toronto for the introduction of automated vehicles. This includes the following:

 

-  A brief technical overview of automated vehicles;

-  Information on early public opinion regarding automation;

-  An overview of how Transportation Services has been preparing for change; and

-  An overview of the potential implications for City divisions and agencies.

 

The report further outlines next steps proposed, including the following:

 

- The development of a cross-divisional policy position to ensure preparedness amongst all City services; and

-  The deepening of partnerships, including formal membership in the Municipal Alliance for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Ontario (MACAVO) and support for the University of Toronto's proposed iCity Centre for Automated and Transformative Transportation Systems.

Background Information

(January 5, 2018) Report and Attachments 1 to 3 from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Preparing the City of Toronto for Automated Vehicles
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-110665.pdf
Attachment 4 - Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles: Transportation Services Workplan 2016-2018
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-110676.pdf
(January 19, 2018) Presentation from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Preparing the City of Toronto for Automated Vehicles
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-111659.pdf

Communications

(January 16, 2018) Letter from Andy Manahan, Executive Director, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (PW.New.PW26.4.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/comm/communicationfile-78048.pdf
(January 19, 2018) Letter from Dr. Eric J. Miller and Dr. Judy Farvolden University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (PW.New.PW26.4.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/pw/comm/communicationfile-78169.pdf

Speakers

Andy Manahan, Executive Director, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario
Dr. Eric Miller, Research Director, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute and Professor, Civil Engineering
Dr. Judy Farvolden, Program Director, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute

Motions

Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Lost)

That:

 

1.  The General Manager, Transportation Services be requested to consult with labour organizations and the taxi industry in Toronto on the contents of this report "Preparing the City of Toronto for Automated Vehicles" and report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee by April 11, 2018 on the feedback received.

Vote (Amend Item) Jan-19-2018

Result: Lost Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 2 Members that voted Yes are Giorgio Mammoliti, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Christin Carmichael Greb, Stephen Holyday, Jaye Robinson (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Chin Lee

Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Carried)

That the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee:

 

1.  Request the General Manager, Transportation Services to include support of initiatives that reduce congestion and increase vehicle throughput in the Automated Vehicle Tactical Plan 2019-2021, contained in Attachment 3.


Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Carried)

That: 

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the first quarter of 2019 with specific recommendations and a detailed and comprehensive Automated Vehicle Tactical Plan. 

 

2.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to explore opportunities to enhance partnerships with other levels of government including other municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, province of Ontario, and across Canada to share strategies and develop best practices. 

 

3.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to explore opportunities to collaborate with Sidewalk Labs in the process to develop policy and infrastructure related to Automated Vehicles (AVs).

 

4.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to pursue formal membership in the Municipal Alliance for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Ontario (MACAVO), a committee organized by the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA). 
 

5.  City Council request the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to include this issue in their upcoming Annual Conference and Trade Show, scheduled to be held May 31 to June 3, 2018.

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council