Agenda

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 AGENDA
 

Time

DoubleTree Hotel (Downtown), Mandarin Ballroom

7:30 – 8:30
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome
8:45 – 9:15 Next Generation Transportation Business Cases:
Supporting the Optimization of Transportation Investments in the GTHA 
                           

Effective solutions to our transportation problems are expensive and the impacts of our investment decisions will be felt for generations to come. Investing enough time and effort to sufficiently understand the relative performance of alternative solutions, and thereby optimize the use of limited funds is essential to the successful achievement of our goals and objectives. Metrolinx has pioneered new approaches to the creation of Business Case evidence and are in the process of implementing a Next Generation Business Case Framework. This presentation describes that framework. 

9:15 – 10:15 Oregon's Road Usage Charge Program:
Pioneering satellite-based toll systems in the USA
               

  • Randal Thomas, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Oregon, USA

The 2013 Oregon Legislature authorized the Oregon Department of Transportation to assess a charge of 1.5 cents per mile for up to 5,000 cars and light commercial vehicles voluntarily participating in a road usage charge program and issue a gas tax refund to those participants. This per mile charge is not a new concept in Oregon; the legislature first authorized initial investigation into options to the traditional gas tax in 2001. Twelve years and several pilot programs later, in addition to thousands of hours of research and study, Oregon’s Road Usage Charge Program is becoming operational. This presentation takes a detailed look at how this was achieved.

10:15 – 10:30
Break
10:30 – 11:30 HOT or Not:
High Occupancy Toll Lane Lessons from the USA
               

  • David Levinson, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes were introduced in the United States two decades ago. This presentation looks at the state of the US transportation network and examines in depth the value of HOT Lanes, using experience in Minnesota as a guide. The information is timely as the Ontario Ministry of Transportation recently initiated its first HOT Lane study and stakeholders will need an objective framework to assess pros and cons.

11:30 – 12:15 Road Pricing Breakout Discussions                          

Experience from other jurisdictions demonstrates that pilot projects can help gain public acceptance for new pricing measures.  With the help of our speakers, delegates will discuss which road pricing pilot projects should be implemented in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area -- and how.

12:15 – 13:15
Lunch
13:15 – 13:30 Video: Take the Politics Out Of Transit Planning    

  • Andy Manahan, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario, Vaughan, Canada
13:30 – 14:15 Fixing a Broken Parking System:
Cycling of pricing and enforcement reform
                                         

The 20th century basis of pricing policy and parking management—time rationing and voluntary payment—are root causes of problems associated with payment misbehaviour, enforcement challenges and traffic congestion. Fortunately, these traditionally indispensable components are no longer necessary in the 21st century. By coupling performance pricing and progressive pricing with wireless/location-based payment technologies, congestion and emissions from circling for parking can be reduced, streets become safer, municipal enforcement costs can decrease while parking revenue can increase. This talk will review the reforms and outcomes in some key US municipal projects and a formula for optimizing parking management will be presented.

14:15 – 15:00 The San Francisco Approach:
Using the market and technology to meet parking policy objectives
                                       

  • Lauren Mattern, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, USA

This presentation covers how San Francisco successfully delivered SFpark, it’s innovative parking policy pilot project, from 2009 to 2014. The project used technology to implement the concept of demand-responsive pricing at on- and off-street parking spaces to create availability and help San Franciscans to “circle less, live more”, as the SFpark motto states. Learn why and how San Francisco changed its approach to parking, what the results were, and what key lessons can be gleaned for Canadian cities and others around the world.

15:00 – 15:15
Break
15:15 – 16:00 Calgary’s ParkPlus™:
 A Revolution in Parking
                                        

  •  Wes Hogman, Calgary Parking Authority, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Since the 1970’s The City of Calgary has implemented innovative parking policies to support transportation demand management.  This has resulted in high prices for downtown parking and corresponding high transit ridership.  This presentation will focus on Calgary's ParkPlus System™, a leading edge parking payment and enforcement system developed to support parking policy and the movement towards “smart parking.”

16:00 – 16:45 Parking Breakout Group Discussions                                              

In similar fashion to our morning breakout discussions, delegates will discuss what cutting edge parking pilot projects should be implemented in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area -- and how.

16:45 – 17:00 Closing Remarks
17:00
Adjourn