Our Urban Innovation Café event series showcases the city-building insights of academics, thought leaders and practitioners. We’re pleased to announce the third event in this popular series of morning talks:
Taken for a Ride: Hailing On-Demand Transit for Good
December 3, 2019
Ride-hailing and private transportation companies (PTCs) like Uber and Lyft offer convenient individual options to get around cities. But these services have resulted in negative impacts on transportation networks, including diverting riders from transit, walking and cycling—rather than getting people out of cars. In Toronto, there are an estimated 70,000 PTC vehicles on the road, contributing to our city’s congestion, infrastructure costs and vehicle emissions.
To address the adverse impacts of PTCs, some cities have turned to taxes. Others are looking to seize the benefits of PTCs by integrating ride hailing with public transit. As Toronto struggles to curb congestion and fund transit, can we harness ride hailing to support our policy goals while correcting for negative effects?
Please join us for an exciting discussion on innovations to address ride-hailing challenges in Toronto and beyond, with expert presenters:
- Dr. Yemi Adediji, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Ryerson Urban Analytics Institute
- Hamish Campbell, Country Lead, Via On-Demand Transit
- Dr. Bilal Farooq, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Ryerson University
- Carleton Grant, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, City of Toronto
Registration is free of cost, and includes coffee, tea and light refreshments.