Transit Policy Forum

September 12, 2019

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Transit Policy Forum – Vancouver, BC

CUTA will host its annual Transit Policy Forum on September 12, 2019 at the University of British Columbia’s Robson Square Theatre in downtown Vancouver. Three of the four main federal political parties have confirmed their attendance and will present their party’s platforms on transit and infrastructure development during the writ period.

Our event will feature two panels focused on the following themes:

  • As we approach the new decade, what is the state of mobility in Canada heading into the 2020s? What have been the impacts of unprecedented federal investments in transit? What key transportation issues will be at the heart of good city-building in the next decade? How can the public transportation industry contribute to helping Canada meet its international climate commitments?
  • The province of British Columbia is a front-runner on the national stage when it comes to innovative solutions to move people and goods. However, increasing congestion is causing bottlenecks for mobility and is costing the local economy billions of dollars in lost GDP. What issues should transit systems and city planners prioritize when planning the transportation networks of tomorrow? How can public transit help to breakdown gridlock? How should sustainable mobility be funded, and who should pay for it?

CUTA has brought together senior transit industry executives for this event, including the CEOs of TransLink, BC Transit and Calgary Transit, as well as an elected representative from TransLink’s Mayors’ Council and thought leaders from the Pembina Institute, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and other organizations.

Follow CUTA on social media and via our Priority Transit campaign website for more details and event announcements.

The full program for our Policy Forum will be unveiled here shortly.

Keynote Speaker

Brent Toderian, city planner at TODERIAN UrbanWORKS

We are pleased to announce that Brent Toderian will give the keynote speech at CUTA’s annual Transit Policy Forum on September 12, 2019, at the University of British Columbia’s Robson Square Theatre in Vancouver. His keynote will focus on the 5 crises for city building in the current era.

Brent is an international thought leader on cities and a practitioner in advanced urbanism, city planning, urban design, transportation and urban culture change. He established TODERIAN UrbanWORKS in 2012 following 6 years as chief planner for the City of Vancouver, and as manager of centre city planning & design and chief subdivision & neighbourhood planner for the City of Calgary before that. Brent is highly regarded on the international stage for his innovative work advising city governments and authorities on their planning and urban design projects. This includes recent work for cities as diverse as Sydney, Auckland, Oslo, Groningen, Helsinki and Medellin.

Brent was the founding president of the Council for Canadian Urbanism. He is Canada’s only regular contributor on city making on CBC Radio, and is a frequent speaker and writer for Fast Company, the Huffington Post, CityLab, Planetizen and other publications.

Follow Brent on Twitter @BrentToderian

Transit Policy Forum

September 12, 2019

UBC Robson Square Theatre
800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
V6Z 3B7