Integrated Planning Digest – Vol.2, Issue #28 – Wk. of Jul 7 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.      Foreign buyers make up 4.7% of home sales in Ontario's Golden Horseshoe area

2.      Miss Canada Day fireworks at the CN Tower? Catch up on the dazzling display here

3.      London's Hidden Tunnels Revealed In Amazing Cutaways 

4.      What Do Americans Think about Federal Tax Options to Support Public Transit, Highways, and Local Streets and Roads? Results from Year Eight of a National Survey

5.      Transit pushback against political meddling at Metrolinx


MaaS, AVs, and EVs

6.      Volvo, Betting on Electric, Moves to Phase Out Conventional Engines

7.      How Uber’s Tax Calculation may have Cost Drivers Hundreds of Millions


Reports/Papers/Detailed Analysis

8.      King St Transit Pilot Report

9.      Peel Region - Goods movement – Strategic Plan 2017-21

10.  UPX Ridership Update

11.  Toronto Releases Planning Guidelines Focused on Kids


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

12.  Toronto to receive $4.8 billion for transit

13.  $2.1 billion committed to Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative

14.  City of Ottawa, RTG sign agreement for Stage 2 LRT

15.  Ottawa looks to adjust Stage 2 LRT plan

16.  New Plans Reveal Massive Scope of 9-Tower Pinnacle Etobicoke

17.  Kingsett Capital's 475 Yonge Redesigned in Latest Submission

18.  Alberta commits $1.53 billion to Green Line LRT


General Transportation/Urban Planning/Economics

19.  Urban Myth Busting: Congestion, Idling, and Carbon Emissions

20.  How a Napping Subway Commuter’s Brain Knows When It’s Their Stop

21.  How Mayors Can Drive Inclusive Growth


Toronto & Ontario

22.  Metrolinx $500-million sole-sourced contract broke the rules, company claims

23.  Maybe Yes, Maybe No, SmartTrack Stations

24.  OSFI calls for ban on bundled loans


 Montreal & Quebec

25.  More Montreal streets to be limited to 30 or 40 km/h under new plan



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27.  What the New York City Ferry Could Teach the Subway

28.  A non-technical guide to the dueling Seattle minimum wage studies

29.  Mapping America's Longest and Shortest Commutes



30.  Arrests over China 'straddling bus' project


For fun/other

31.  XKCD – 4th of July Celebrations