2018 Canada Infrastructure Forum

Sharing the UK Experience: Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Community Revitalisation Forum

Sharing the UK Experience: Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Community Revitalisation Forum

Access Planning was pleased to support the UK Department of International Trade by facilitating and moderating events for its 2018 Canada Infrastructure Forum in Toronto on November 7-8. 

Tamim Raad was invited by UK DIT to bring Access Planning’s market experience and knowledge of rail and transit oriented development in regions across Canada to this forum intended to provide information to UK firms seeking to work in Canada, and to showcase UK thought leadership in these areas to Canadian agencies.

Tamim presented on a panel to an audience of UK firms considering work in Canada, providing an advance look at key anticipated transit projects across Canada with an eye to identifying region specific planning and project delivery agendas and priorities. 

Tamim also moderated a session (for Canadian public sector audience) to showcase  UK thought leadership and expertise in the transit oriented development planning space. The panels discussed the experience of UK organizations and how their experience can be adapted to challenges in the Canadian market, bringing new and creative approaches. Tamim moderated two panels comprised of UK public and private sector organisations that offered insight, case studies and best practise in those work transforming communities anchored by public transit.

Navigating Uncertainty - Scenario Planning for the Toronto Region

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Access Planning is pleased to have collaborated as a strategic advisor to WSP and Metrolinx on this important study to develop resilient regional building strategies for Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan update.  

In this project we used scenario planning practice to create a unique resilience framework to guide long-range Metrolinx policy, as a key element to its long range plan and policy framework. 

Download the recently published report here.

Where are the Humans? Planners need better visuals to sell transit as a city building tool

Tamim Raad, Principal, Access Planning

Vibrant Edmonton community...brought to you by LRT.

Vibrant Edmonton community...brought to you by LRT.

Cities around the world are putting light rail transit in the street. They're doing it with intention, to build great cities. To build cities where transit - visible on the street - helps to connect people seamlessly to vibrant places, with housing, jobs and community amenities all just steps away.

So why do images promoting LRT most often, and most prominently, feature the train as the primary selling point? Planners, engineers and advocates have for too long been conditioned to feature the train as the hero in city building. But this doesn't help to sell the public or stakeholders on the vision.

Now, admittedly, this shot of LRT in Australia's the Gold Coast isn't all that charitable, but it is also not all that uncommon. It's actually pretty close to the norm. There a no people anywhere - not even on a driver the train! Just a train moving through an uninspired space.

Gold Coast LRT - where are the humans?

Gold Coast LRT - where are the humans?

We need less of this. After all, who wants to live in that intersection?

In my research for a client, I recently came across a outstanding rendering by Perkins+Will and Nelson/Nygaard for the City of Edmonton. Now this is a place I want to be. And transit I want to invest in. It's compelling -- lively city in the foreground, transit in the background helping to make it all happen.

Planners and engineers need to create (and decision-makers demand) visuals like this to support their communication and to make a clearer case for rail transit that is part of a healthy street and city.

We need more of this. Great streets brought to you by great transit.

Indigenous Guardians Online Toolkit Launched

TNC Canada's Claire Hutton workshops the Indigenous Guardians Toolkit with Indigenous Guardians in Ottawa.

TNC Canada's Claire Hutton workshops the Indigenous Guardians Toolkit with Indigenous Guardians in Ottawa.

Have fun exploring and sharing this new resource that Access Planning helped to build working with TNC Canada (and many wise advisors and practitioners!). The Indigenous Guardians Toolkit is designed as both a resource and a hub to bring together and share information about Indigenous Guardian programs and initiatives across Canada.

Access Planning on LRT's Power to Shape Cities

Recently, Tamim Raad was invited to speak to the public as part of the City of Calgary's Green Line LRT Lecture Series. The Green Line speaker series was developed to provide insight into key principles that are shaping the way Calgary plans and designs its city for the new Green Line LRT. 

Over the past 20-30 years the city of Calgary has seen tremendous growth, both in jobs and population. Transit ridership has followed the expansions of the LRT network, averaging 320,000 passengers per day in 2016; the highest LRT ridership per capita in North America.

Tamim participated in a panel of experts from across North America to discuss how mobility options have been shaped in other cities and explore how Calgary's future growth and transportation can develop to provide new options for urban mobility.



Learning from Indigenous Non-Governmental Organizations

The significant impact of Indigenous Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs) and the important role they play in achieving durable conservation outcomes is often overlooked. This report summarizes case study research based on three INGOs in Canada having a transformative impact in their communities—Qqs Projects Society, Storytellers’ Foundation, and Ilisaqsivik Society. 



The future of Vancouver’s important regional transit hub, as well as a new office district planned for the last open piece of downtown waterfront, will be wrecked if a developer gets approval for a controversial office tower there, opponents say.