Regional and Multimodal Transportation Studies (RMTS)

The principal modes of transportation for people and goods movements consist of highway, rail, air, and marine. The main elements for each mode include the vehicles (in the forms of automobiles, buses, trucks, intercity rails, commuter trains, subways and freight trains, aircrafts, ships and barges); travel ways (i.e., highways, rail lines, waterways and air space); and transportation terminals/transfer facilities (in the forms of rail terminals, airports, ports or marine terminals/harbors, and intermodal facilities).

In North America, comprehensive Regional Multimodal Transportation System Planning is a complex subject and a significant portion of the total planning effort involving regional and metropolitan planning agencies working in conjunction with the provincial / the state and or the Federal Governments. Regional and Multimodal Transportation Studies or RMTS are the high level studies carrying complex regional and multimodal contexts.

The key objectives of RMTS include: 1. Enhancing the mobility of people and goods movements; 2. Increasing the efficiency and safety of travel and goods movements considering different modes of transportation and the transfer between the modes; and 3. Minimizing monetary costs associated with travel time and capital investment on transportation infrastructures/facilities.

Our firm’s founding principal was the primary and leading consultant, on behalf of McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd., in undertaking and completing a regional multimodal transportation study entitled “Eastern Ontario Transportation Needs Study”. The project was a total transportation planning efforts initialized by Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) via the Government of Canada’s Eastern Ontario Development Program managed by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). The study was anticipated to have major impacts on the policies and decision making by the local, regional, provincial and federal government agencies on planning, investment/funding and implementation of capital improvements projects for Eastern Ontario’s multimodal transportation infrastructures.

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