Traffic Relief: Tolling and parking conference to look at pilot projects that can work for public

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November 21, 2014
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Transport Futures released this Media Advisory in advance of its Road Pricing and Parking Workshop taking place on November 24, 2014.


Record transportation investments, on their own,won't do enough to reduce congestion

Toronto, November 21, 2014 – Despite an increased level of investment in transportation infrastructure in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), traffic congestion continues to increase.  Road pricing and updated parking policies can help reduce congestion but rigorous business case analyses and pilot projects will improve public acceptance of these measures.  On November 24th, Transport Futures has invited several North American experts to analyze which measures could be implemented in the GTHA:

  • Randal Thomas, Program Director, Office of Innovative Partnerships & Alternative Funding, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, USA
  • Lauren Mattern, SFpark Manager, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, USA
  • David Levinson, RP Braun/Center for Transportation Studies Chair in Transportation, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
  • Wes Hogman, Interim General Manager,Calgary Parking Authority, Calgary, Canada
  • Daniel Fisher, Manager of Economic Analysis, Metrolinx, Toronto, Canada
  • Bern Grush, VP Innovation and Co-Founder, PayBySky, Toronto, Canada

Date:        Monday, November 24, 2014
Time:        8:30 – 17:00 (Registration from 7:30 – 8:30)
Location:  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (Downtown),   Mandarin Ballroom, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto

Transport Futures’ interactive agenda includes two breakout groups where our speakers and delegates will discuss which road pricing and parking pilot projects could be launched in the GTHA next year.

In attendance will be prominent delegates from the public, private, academic and not-for-profit sectors, all of whom are involved in transportation policy and planning.

Media are cordially invited to attend. Please RSVP to  Twitter handle is #transportfutures.

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The Transport Futures “Road Pricing and Parking Workshop” is the fourteenth in a series of learning events staged by Healthy Transport Consulting (HTC) since November 2008. Our goal is to facilitate a rational, non-partisan and ongoing dialogue pertaining to a range of mobility pricing measures and infrastructure funding mechanisms. More than 1,500 delegates have heard innovative research, case studies and best practices from over 100 international and local experts - all of which has contributed to the public discourse on the future of transportation planning in the GTHA and the rest of Ontario. Transport Futures is spearheaded by HTC Director Martin Collier with the support of a range of partners, including the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario and 407 ETR.

For further information and to arrange interviews with speakers, please contact:
Martin Collier

Director, Healthy Transport Consulting
Founder, Transport Futures