The City of Toronto is designed on a grid system that is easy to navigate by car. Streets in the downtown core tend to be smaller arterials, while those away from the core tend to be larger, four-to-six lane avenues. In response to rapid growth throughout the region, governments at all levels are investing heavily in public transit.
Toronto is connected to the United States and the rest of Canada by a highly developed highway system.
For those entering, crossing, or leaving the city, the 400 series highway system offers the fastest option. Highway 401 runs from Windsor, Ontario through Toronto to Montréal, Quebec.
The section of the 401 that bisects Toronto is the second most travelled superhighway in North America. These highways, along with the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and the Don Valley Parkway (DVP), crisscross the city and allow people, goods, and services to move efficiently.
Toronto is also strategically located close to the U.S. border. Cross border truck traffic has increased by an average of 9% a year for the past 17 years with nearly 80% of all goods traded in Ontario moving by truck. To facilitate this movement, Ontario joined the International Registration Plan (IRP) in 2001.
To move people across the longest open border in the world, the Canadian and U.S. governments have cooperated to create NEXUS. The NEXUS program facilitates the movement of individuals across the Canada-U.S. border, allowing speedier crossings for low-risk, pre-approved travelers into Canada and the U.S.
Map of the existing expressways across the Province of Ontario connecting Toronto to North America.