Urbanism & Transportation New Digest – Vol 2.20

This digest is a weekly aggregation of urban issues, planning, and transportation news/articles from Canada, the US, and around the world. The links below are provided for informational purposes and as think/debate pieces. Their contents may not reflect the opinion of the curator.

Picks of the Week

1.      Metrolinx buying LRVs from Alstom as backup plan

a.      Metrolinx strikes deal with Alstom for 61 LRVs, bypassing Bombardier

b.      Metrolinx to buy vehicles from Bombardier competitor

2.      The Liberals' thinking on their controversial infrastructure bank—questioned, explained, challenged, defended

3.      Toronto has too much housing despite overall population growth: report

4.      California's legal assault on NIMBYs begins

5.      TTC, Bombardier and the deal with delays

6.      Quantifying the Cost of Sprawl - In infrastructure, service delivery and tax receipts.

7.      Interview with Parking Guru Donald Shoup

8.      20,000 new rental units in Ontario are now in jeopardy, say stakeholders

9.      Ontario Planner’s Journal focuses on Big Data planning this month

10.  How Zoning Can Ease Land Assembly

11.  Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Eyes Toronto for Its Digital City 


MaaS, AVs, and EVs

12.  Experiments show that a few self-driving cars can dramatically improve traffic flow 

13.  Uber opening Toronto research hub for driverless car technology

14.  Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030 - The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the Internal-Combustion Vehicle and Oil Industries 

15.  Testing of AVs to begin in NY State

16.  Uber suffers a bloody nose in its bid to conquer Europe


Reports/Papers/Detailed Analysis

17.  What's in a number? Misconceptions and false comparisons about the GTHA’s greenfield land supply


Opportunities/New Projects/Developments [generally in the GTHA]

18.  New Details Emerge For Transformation of the Port Lands

19.  Toronto's Port Lands Part 2: Villiers Island, The Area's New Heart

20.  The One at Bloor & Yonge approved at OMB

21.  Long Anticipated Gardiner Off-Ramp Teardown Making Progress


General Transportation/Urban Planning/Economics

22.  The 25 Suburbs Where Millennials Are Moving

23.  It's the Design Guide, Stupid - American vs. Dutch Cycling Infrastructure

24.  Top 100 Mass Transit Blogs & Websites for Public Transport Industry Professionals


Toronto & Ontario

25.  21% of Toronto's land area is road rights-of-way based on property parcels & 12% is actual roads based on landcover

26.  Toronto needs hard infrastructure to produce real Vision Zero results

27.  Citing lack of revenue, city manager recommends all city departments plan for 0% increase in 2018 budget

28.  City of Toronto installed 70 red light cameras (RLCs) in 2007

29.  Southern Ontario Airport Network ready to launch today


Montreal & Quebec

30.   N/A



31.  The federal government is back on housing, and we are here to stay.

32.  Calgary council OKs $172K in micro-grants to improve street walkability

33.  Ten things to know about social assistance in Canada



34.  NYC - Who's Choosing Bike Share Over the Bus?



35.  London Train Stations – Which one for which line?

36.  Aerial station shots give an idea of the scale of the jigsaw puzzle that is the Crossrail build

37.  Why haven't house prices risen in Tokyo in 20 years? Turns out that's what happens when you build enough of them


For fun/other

38.  Just a reminder that reality happens in the mind

39.  KFC publishes romance novel for Mother’s Day starring Col. Sanders with ripped muscles