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July 30, 2019:

Hacking Surface Transit in Toronto

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Ontario’s new transit plan promises almost $29 billion in new capital projects, mostly in the 416, including a badly needed relief line to downtown. But since these are mostly subways, elevated LRT or buried light metro, they are at least a decade away from being realized.

Where does that leave us? In the near term, Toronto remains transit-starved, not to mention gridlocked and facing worsening safety on the overcrowded Yonge TTC subway line. Plus, revenue from the anticipated gas tax earmarked for maintaining the TTC’s state of good repair is no longer forthcoming.

In this session, and considering the success of the King Street Transit Pilot to rethink a surface route and improve transit efficiency, we will ask our panel of innovators: how do we finance and build Toronto’s near-term transit priorities not on Ontario’s map? How can we hack surface transit to make it run faster and out of mixed traffic and also lower emissions? Are more fast, simple and relatively affordable innovations like the King Street right of way available?

Join the Ryerson City Building Institute for a forward-looking conversation on hacking surface transit in Toronto with:

  • Barbara Gray, General Manager, Transportation Services, City of Toronto
  • Andrew Miller, Associate Director, Mobility, Sidewalk Labs
  • Raktim Mitra, Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
  • Matti Siemiatycki, Associate Professor and Director of School of Cities, University of Toronto

Moderated by Cherise Burda, Executive Director, Ryerson City Building Institute.

With thanks to our generous sponsor Donald K. Johnson, O.C..