Author: Neptis - Fri Feb 14, 2014

Today’s agenda for the Metrolinx Board meeting of February 14, 2014, includes two items of interest, the Yonge Relief Network Study update and a second item titled Regional Transportation Plan Legislated Review.



Author: Neptis - Wed Feb 12, 2014

The Neptis Foundation in collaboration with the Canadian Urban Institute presents the key findings of the first independent review of the Growth Plan: Implementing the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe: Has the strategic regional vision been compromised? as a part of the 2014 +PLACE MAKERS series.

Author: Marcy Burchfield - Wed Feb 5, 2014

Below is a letter submitted to the Editor of Now Magazine regarding the article “In Pickering, another (bigger) airport battle is reprised” in which Marcy Burchfield, Executive Director of the Neptis Foundation clarifies the context of her statements and requests a correction.

Author: Neptis - Wed Jan 22, 2014

Martha Shuttleworth, president and founder of the Neptis Foundation, is pleased to announce that Marcy L. Burchfield has been appointed as the Foundation’s new Executive Director, effective January 21, 2014.

Author: Neptis - Sun Dec 15, 2013

Since the release of the Neptis Foundation’s Review of Metrolinx’s Big Move, readers have sent us many comments and questions, Neptis reponds.

Author: Marcy Burchfield - Thu Dec 12, 2013

This report began as a question asked by Tony Coombes, the founding executive director of the Neptis Foundation, who passed away earlier this year.

Author: Neptis - Wed Dec 11, 2013

Toronto (11 December 2013): An independent analysis by Michael Schabas for the Neptis Foundation shows that Metrolinx’s Big Move is in need of a major course correction if it is to meet its stated goals of doubling ridership and decreasing commute times.

The analysis by Schabas, a partner at FCP, an international transit and rail consulting firm based in London, England shows that Metrolinx has yet to prove the business case for many of its projects, and whether they provide value for money. 

Metrolinx, which has embarked on a $36 billion program of capital investment has also been less than transparent when it comes to providing clear, complete, and consistent evidence to justify and prioritize its projects, says Schabas.

Author: Neptis - Mon Dec 9, 2013

Given the urgent need to expand transit in the region and to make decisions based on the best possible evidence, the Neptis Foundation commissioned this evaluation of all Metrolinx projects on a consistent basis, the first study of its kind for the Big Move. The report analyses the business case for each project individually and as a package. It also draws on international best practices to offer suggestions for improving certain projects to help Metrolinx realize its goals of doubling transit ridership by 2031, reducing average commute times and highway congestion across the region. 

Author: Neptis - Wed Nov 6, 2013

Unlike other municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, York Region has implemented the minimum intensification target for each of its lower-tier municipalities using a total number of residential units instead of a % of total units. David Fleischer tweeted a question about the minimum intensification targets of lower-tier municipalities.

Author: Neptis - Wed Oct 30, 2013

Just how much land has been set aside to be urbanized in the Greater Toronto Region in the coming decades?

What is the status of the implementation of Ontario’s innovative, ambitious and award-winning Growth Plan that is designed to promote “smart growth and curb sprawl”?

What are the key challenges and issues that have become apparent as municipalities translate provincial population forecasts, density and intensification targets into land budgets to determine how much land will be urbanized to accommodate residents and jobs?

These are just a few of the questions addressed in a new report released by the Neptis Foundation, the first comprehensive review of the implementation of Ontario’s award-winning Growth Plan.