Integrated Planning Digest – Vol.2, Issue #25 – Wk. of Jun 16 2017

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.      The evolution of the TTC subway map

2.      MoveOntario 2020 Transit Plan Turns 10: How Has It Fared?

3.      Secret Metrolinx report raises questions about approval of new GO stations

4.      Ontario looks at hydrogen-powered trains for GO Transit

5.      Driving costs are hidden. Revealing them could help reduce traffic

6.      The fundamental law of road congestion , also known as the "Black Hole Theory of Highway Investment"

7.      Dispersed Cities: Starting The 3rd Decade

8.      Top 5 reasons for TTC subway delays

9.      The next baby boom: Urban millenials with children

10.  Watch: a bird’s-eye view of claustrophobic Hong Kong living in local photographer’s Walled City series

11.  UofT - Short Courses in Public Transit Planning and ITS, Public Transit Modelling offered August 23-25

12.  China just switched on the world's largest floating solar power plant

13.  For Renters, the Housing Crisis Never Ended


MaaS, AVs, and EVs

14.  Ride-Share Drivers in Boston Are Losing Their Jobs Over Decades-Old Offenses

15.  Why Uber Will Still Dominate

16.  Pricing roads for autonomous vehicles

17.  Even Shared Autonomous Vehicles Could Spell Traffic Disaster

18.  Autonomous vehicles will strengthen the case for road pricing


Reports/Papers/Detailed Analysis

19.  The Evolution of Streetcar Service from 1980 to 2016

20.  Implementing a Vacant Home Tax in Toronto

21.  King Street Redesign Project Goes to TTC/City for Approval

22.  A clear admission passenger rail needed in southwestern Ontario

23.  TTC Capital Budget 2017-2026: Streetcar Infrastructure

24.  Evaluating The Safety In Numbers Effect For Pedestrians At Urban Intersections

25.  A Slow Trip to Express Buses


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

26.  $1.09 billion committed to Ottawa Stage 2 LRT

27.  Three land use concepts being considered for Yorkdale Mall

28.  Ontario investing $60 million in the Third Crossing Project

29.  Governments announce $45.4 million for Trans Labrador Highway


General Transportation/Urban Planning/Economics

30.  What if only 100 people existed on earth?

31.  Coursera class – Richard Florida – The City and You

32.  How Stressful Is It to Bike Through Your City?

33.  Podcast: How To Be A Great Transit Planner — with Tania Wegwitz

34.  Urban Talent Sheds Say a Lot About Cities

35.  Creating a Better Community Through Text Messages

36.  Apple's New Headquarters: Sprawling and Sprawl-Inducing


Toronto & Ontario

37.  Toronto plans to regulate Airbnb: does it go far enough?

38.  Video Chronicles 'Recycling' of Office Complex at 880 Bay Street

39.  How pedestrians and cyclists are changing the face of Toronto


Montreal & Quebec

40.  Ottawa to announce $1.28 billion for Montreal regional train system on Thursday



41.  Liberal government signs national child care deal to get $7 billion flowing to provinces

42.  Federal/Province-Territory/Local split for different revenue sources through time

43.  This North American ski haven is getting an innovative pod hotel



44.  What's killing American retail? Take a look at this chart, for a start

45.  Where manufacturing is thriving in the US

46.  How Asian Americans Remade Suburbia

47.  Bridge that turns into a tunnel in Virginia

48.  An Idea That Sticks: Another Plunger-Protected Bike Lane Goes Permanent 



49.  China’s New Megacity: The Anti-Beijing

50.  All Dutch Trains Now Run on 100% Wind Power

51.  Oslo's car ban sounded simple enough. Then the backlash began (thx Annika Hui)


For fun/other

52.  Elon Musk publishes plans for colonizing

53.  Words of wisdom found in math formulas

54.  The death of Big Oil

55.  Los Angeles lit up the bat signal in memory of Adam West