The conference theme was International Perspective: What Lessons Can We Learn and Leverage from Major Developments? The panellists considered how major developments have shaped cities and provided valuable lessons that the GTA can leverage. This session explored a number of projects in Manhattan including the Highline and Hudson Yards projects.
What we are far from doing is upgrading the network across the region, most of which still lacks frequent express rail service. And the current version of The Big Move emphasizes local transit routes over regional express rail. Why?
A keynote presentation by Marcy Burchfield and Philippa Campsie from the Neptis Foundation was followed by an expert panel discussion as a part of the 2014 +PLACE MAKERS series. Watch the keynote presentation with an introduction by Glenn Miller (Vice President CUI) and Paul Bedford (former City of Toronto chief planner).
David Quarmby was interviewed by Matt Galloway on Metro Morning. Quarmby suggested that Toronto would benefit from the kind of integrated fare system in use in London. There, the Oyster smartcard allows riders to travel across the entire system in what Quarmby calls "a seamless set of journeys.”
Marcy Burchfield, Executive Director of the Neptis Foundation stresses that Metrolinx must not be hijacked by local interests at the expense of the regional public interest in her op-ed piece that appeared in the Toronto Star on April 4, 2014.
Last week, the Ontario Growth Secretariat (OGS) wrapped up the last of the four public consultation meetings on a set of proposed Performance Indicators that will be used to assess the effectiveness of the Growth Plan for the Greater Horseshoe. The Secretariat is seeking feedback on the breadth, relevance and value of these indicators and the sources of data used to measure them.