Wednesday, the Urban_Empress and I boarded the #47 GO bus bound for downtown Hamilton, a city which many lump in with the supposedly-homogenous “905″. Shortly thereafter, another passenger boarded the same bus at Burlington Carpool Lot. But, they soon realized that they were travelling in the wrong direction. This individual got off at McMaster University for the return trip to York University, but it left us wondering what could be done to prevent this from happening. Countdown timers at stops could be helpful, but these did not stop a couple from boarding a late night bus to Brampton last week when they really wanted to go to Square One. We expect perfection from our transit agencies, but we must concede that there is a small group of people who will forget to tap their PRESTO cards, will board the wrong bus, or will miss the announcement of an upcoming service change. Continue reading
After quite some time wondering what to do after a MySQL database error erased the old blog from the internet, I’ve decided to return to my roots. GTTA Visions was started back in the days when Metrolinx was the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority. Back then, I was filled with enthusiasm over the prospect of truly building a transportation system that would give all Toronto-Area residents the option to leave their cars at home. Much progress has been made, but there is still work to be done – especially with the price of operating a car rising almost as quickly as the price of living in a transit-friendly community
I remain an urban planner looking for work in transportation, land-use or heritage planning. So, in addition to expressing my views on the issues of the day, I will also use this space as a way to showcase what I can bring to the industry. I hope to show that I’m not just someone with a few dollars for a custom domain and no rationale for their views. I am someone who forms his opinion based on the evidence presented to him and I can back up my recommendations with the things I’ve learned in school and in the workplace.
Thanks for reading, both now and in the future.
It feels good to be home!