Event Date: November 22, 2010

The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, at the Munk School of Global Affairs (University of Toronto) presents its 2010-2011 Seminar Series:

Moving Our Region: Transportation for the Future
(supported by Metrolinx)


Moving Our Region is a series of four seminars bringing together noted transportation policy-makers, practitioners, and academics to discuss critical issues that will profoundly influence the future growth and prosperity of the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA), including: what a modern transportation system for the GTHA might look like, how to pay for it, whether federal policies should support a national transportation strategy, and how to gain public support.

Seminar 2:
Planning for Better Transportation Outcomes in Complex Environments: Lessons Learned from Vancouver and Chicago


Keynote Speaker: Michael Shiffer 
Moderator: Joe Berridge 
Monday, November 22, 2010 
4:00 to 6:00 p.m. - Presentation and Discussion 
By invitation only

About the Presentation: 
This presentation will draw on case studies from Vancouver and Chicago on how to plan for, and fund, complex multimodal transportation networks that balance the need to shape future demand in suburban areas while serving the needs of a densely populated urbanized setting. It will describe the systematic evidence-based approach to planning for major transportation improvements in complex environments and how information technology is creatively used to leverage more productivity out of an existing network. It will examine various forms of transportation funding, including innovative approaches to pricing, taxation, and revenue generation. It will also describe the careful interplay among land use and transportation policy. Finally, the presentation will draw some distinctions between planning and funding experiences in the United States and Canada to provide insight into what works best and why.

Michael Shiffer, Ph.D., is Vice President for Planning, Strategy, & Technology at TransLink (the regional transportation authority for Greater Vancouver). Dr. Shiffer was formerly Vice President for Planning and Development at the Chicago Transit Authority and a member of the faculty at both MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research has focused on how information technologies can better inform decision-making.

Joe Berridge is a partner at Urban Strategies. He has played a key role in some of the largest and most complex urban regeneration projects in Canada, the US, and the UK. His extensive planning for the Toronto waterfront and on the growth management and transportation plans for the Toronto region has helped shape the future of this city.