LIVING ARTS CENTRE, MISSISSAUGA
Monday, November 9, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
As Mississauga’s population continues to grow, moving around the City continues to evolve. On November 9th, 2015, the City held its first Transportation Summit – Mississauga Moves 2015. Registered participants joined local and international experts as well as exhibitors for interactive workshops and presentations. Topics of the day included managing Mississauga’s future growth and congestion, evolving the City’s transit network, thinking about the impacts of driverless cars and making Mississauga’s streets more “complete”. The Summit was a kick-off to the development of the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which will commence in 2016.
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Nick Poulos, P. Eng., MCIP RPP (Poulos & Chung Engineering)
Mississauga's transportation story has traditionally been one about cars: cul-de-sacs with single-family homes connected by the best arterial roads. Anyone who has visited the City lately knows that this is no longer an accurate characterization with our 752,000 people, a bustling downtown, diverse neighbourhoods, the head offices of 60 Fortune 500 companies and an extensive highway and transit network. In this opening presentation, Nick Poulos kicks off the day by providing an overview of how the City has grown, where the City is today and some perspectives on what Mississauga will need to do going forward to manage growth and congestion.
Dr. Eileen de Villa (Region of Peel)
Anne McIlroy (Brook McIlroy/BMI-Pace)
Graham McNally (Toms + McNally Design)
Raktim Mitra (Ryerson University)
Nancy Smith Lea (Toronto Centre for Active Transportation)
What are Complete Streets? And why are they important? At this panel discussion, learn from the leading experts about challenges and opportunities for delivering “Complete Streets” in Mississauga.
Transit Network Design Game
Michelle Porouyow (Jarrett Walker & Associates)
At this interactive workshop, learn more about the inner workings of transit, and especially of transit networks. The workshop will focus on small groups playing an interactive game before they break for lunch. The post-lunch session will be a discussion about the networks created during the game, and what basic principles and trade-offs they illustrate. This workshop can help anyone think about, express and advocate for their own transit values more clearly and effectively.
Transit Network Design Debrief
Michelle Porouyow (Jarrett Walker & Associates)
Tour of the Mississauga Transitway
On November 17, 2014, MiWay service began on the Mississauga Transitway with stops at the new Central Parkway, Cawthra, Tomken and Dixie stations. When the entire 18 kilometre transitway is complete in 2017 there will be 12 stations, making it faster and easier for customers to travel across the city and bypass traffic congestion for a more reliable commute. This guided tour of the Mississauga Transitway will showcase how it will transform the way people commute within the city.
Getting Ready for Technology – Autonomous Vehicles and more
Bern Grush (Grush Niles Associates)
Driverless cars (a.k.a. autonomous vehicles or AVs) have gotten a lot of press recently with some experts predicting they may hit the streets in as little as 5 years. What should we do to start planning for AVs? Will there be more or less congestion? What are the implications for our infrastructure? Will people continue to own cars or will they just “dial-up” a car on demand. Bern Grush, author of End of Driving (endofdriving.org) will explore these questions and more.
With wit and sharp insight, New York City’s former Traffic Commissioner Sam Schwartz (a.k.a. “Gridlock Sam”) and author of “Street Smart – The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars” will explore the transportation revolution that is quietly underway. Since 2004, Americans have been driving fewer miles each year – the first decade to see this phenomenon since 1945. Commuters are using public transit more than ever, downtowns are thriving, traffic and housing patterns are changing and streets are being recaptured by pedestrians and cyclists. This keynote will explore how these trends might remake our urban and suburban landscape for the better.
John Miller, ICA Associates Inc.
The Summit featured an outstanding lineup of renowned local and international experts that got delegates thinking about how Mississauga moves.
Sam Schwartz, a.k.a. "Gridlock Sam", is one of the leading transportation experts in the United States today. He began his professional transportation career as a NYC taxi cab driver while obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree at Brooklyn College. He later received a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as New York City's Traffic Commissioner and the New York City Department of Transportation's Chief Engineer/First Deputy Commissioner for over two decades. In 1995, he opened Sam Schwartz Engineering firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. He also writes columns on traffic for The New York Daily News, the NY Downtown Express and blogs for Engineering News Record.
Mr. Schwartz specializes in creative problem-solving for seemingly intractable situations. He is expert at getting people out of their cars and into other forms of transportation. He is also proficient at moving those people who remain in their cars more swiftly and safely. Mr. Schwartz has created many win-win situations whereby traffic moves better, pedestrians are safer and the community gains more sidewalk and green space. He's been called an Urban Alchemist for making grass grow from asphalt. Mr. Schwartz, often referred to by his nom de plume "Gridlock Sam," released the word "Gridlock" into the lexicon during the 1980 NYC Transit strike
Associate, Jarrett Walker & Associates
Grush Niles Associates and author of End of Driving
Partner, Poulos & Chung Engineering Limited
Dr. Eileen de Villa
Associate Medical Officer
of Health, Region of Peel
Principal, Brook McIlroy/BMI-Pace
Architect, Toms + McNally Design
Assistant professor, Ryerson University
Nancy Smith Lea
Director, Toronto Centre
Michelle Poyourow is a consultant in public transit and multi-modal planning and policy. A skilled project manager, she has managed projects involving multiple public agencies, multiple firms, large and impassioned stakeholder groups and elected officials. She ran her own consulting firm for three years, handling all aspects of the business, before joining Jarrett Walker & Associates in 2013.
Michelle's analysis and planning experience spans issues of transit operations, transportation demand management, transit oriented development, complete streets and the integration of transit and active transportation. She has planned and conducted successful public engagement processes, and led inter-agency collaboration among transportation, transit, education and enforcement departments. Her experience as a political aide and advocacy director also gives her a high attunement to the political sensitivity and messaging elements of each project.
A high-tech startup entrepreneur since mid-70s; satellite image processing, document processing, documentary evidence, and telemetrics for autonomous road tolling, parking and usage-based insurance. Bern contributed to ISO Standards including successfully launching a performance standard (published: ISO-TS-17444) for autonomous road and parking tolling systems. His blog, Grushhour, active 2007-2013, focuses on road and parking congestion. Bern published over 400 articles and blogs since 2004. He is co-author of End Of Driving promoting adoption of shared fleets of self-driving vehicles. To prepare him for the humanbehavioral side of Grush Niles’ work, Bern earned an undergraduate degree in cognitive Psychology, a MaSc in Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo and has focused on driver (non-)acceptance of road-pricing systems since 2003. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
Nick G. Poulos is a partner of Poulos & Chung Engineering Limited and with over 25 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering, is recognized as one of the leading experts in the area. From conceptual planning, assessment of alternatives and development of functional solutions, he is able to direct the effective and efficient delivery of transportation solutions to both public and private clients. His advice is sought in the planning of communities, major developments, development of policy and planning and the delivery of infrastructure investment. Extensive projects Mr. Poulos has been involved in include: Markham Transportation Planning Study Update, Highway 407 East Transitway Station System Plan, Seaton Transportation Technical Advisor, Ministry of Housing, Markham North and Markham Centre OPA5 Lands, Markham and East Urban Community Expansion Study, Ottawa.
Dr. de Villa, Associate Medical Officer of Health at Peel Public Health, has been serving in an acting capacity as Peel’s Medical Officer of Health since September 15, 2014. Peel Public Health, the local public health agency serving the 1.3 million residents of the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon, is one of the largest public health departments in the country and is a leader in changing the way communities are designed and built. Since assuming the role of Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. de Villa has provided leadership to Peel Public Health’s work on the built environment, including the implementation of regional and municipal healthy land use and transportation planning practices and the design of public buildings for active living and healthy eating. From her public health perspective, addressing chronic conditions and air quality concerns in Peel requires collective action on regional transportation planning that prioritizes mode shifts towards active and public transportation. She also oversees work related to Peel Public Health’s strategic priority on ethno-cultural diversity. Dr. de Villa holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University. She continued her studies at the University of Toronto where she completed both her Master of Health Science and her medical degree. She subsequently became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, specializing in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. During her residency training, she practiced family medicine on a part-time basis at a community health centre in Toronto and completed a Master of Business Administration degree at the Schulich School of Business.
Anne McIlroy is a principal of Brook McIlroy, an award-winning architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and planning firm. Anne has over 25 years’ experience as an urban designer and project manager for numerous master plans and urban design projects in Canada and the United States. She is a recognized expert in the facilitation of design workshops and public consultation forums, and the development of design standards and guidelines for a variety of community, waterfront, university and other institutional projects. Anne McIlroy is an inaugural member of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation’s Design Review Panel; chair of the Mississauga Urban Design Advisory Panel; and member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel. Anne is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), and has won awards for excellence in planning from OPPI, CIP and the City of Toronto. Anne writes and speaks regularly on sustainable community design. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture (1987) from the University of Toronto.
Graham McNally is a co-founder of the architectural office Toms + McNally Design based in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2013, Graham was a driving force behind bringing Tactical Urbanism to Hamilton. This award winning initiative has resulted in numerous improvements to streets and pedestrian infrastructure throughout the city. Graham is the Chair of the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects, a member of the Hamilton Hive Young Professionals Network, and is very active in the design community in Hamilton.
Dr. Raktim Mitra is an assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. Dr. Mitra teaches transportation planning at Ryerson, where his research focuses on walking and cycling in the Toronto region. Dr. Mitra has published more than 20 scholarly articles and working papers that explore the links between the built environment, active transportation and physical activity participation, particularly among children and seniors. In collaboration with Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), Dr. Mitra is currently documenting Complete Street projects across the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region. His upcoming research projects will provide insights into the impact of Complete Streets on travel behaviour change.
Nancy Smith Lea is the Director of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, a project of the registered charity Clean Air Partnership. She has specialized knowledge in applied research and policy analysis specific to Complete Streets, safe and inclusive streets for walking and cycling. Currently she is the project lead on a large multi-year collaborative project funded by the Metcalf Foundation to understand and facilitate bike culture beyond downtown, and is project lead on a community based social marketing program in Peel Region. Recently she led the development of a Complete Streets Policy & Implementation Guide for Grey Bruce Counties, was the principal investigator on a project researching Complete Streets in Ontario’s growth centres that produced a Complete Streets Catalogue and Evaluation Tool, and was on a team commissioned by Toronto Public Health to complete a Healthy Streets Jurisdictional Review about how the design of Complete Streets is associated with better health. This report provided health evidence that is informing the current development of the City of Toronto’s Complete Streets Guidelines. Under Nancy’s leadership, TCAT has successfully convened seven large annual active transportation conferences. The 8th annual Complete Streets Forum will take place at the University of Toronto on October 1, 2015. In 2011, Nancy was awarded a Toronto Community Foundation Vital People grant for “Putting Active Transportation on the Map.”