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The Liveable City? Transportation

The Liveable City? Transportation

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The Liveable City? Transportation

Wednesday April 17, 2019, 7 PM

As Impressionism in the Age of Industry takes viewers on a journey through a period of immense change in 19th century Paris, we invite speakers across various disciplines to enter into conversations around urgent issues facing Toronto today: work, affordable housing, transportation and the cost of leisure.

On April 17, the focus is on transportation, as transportation geographer Steven Farber, Shelagh Pizey-Allen of grassroots transit advocacy organization TTC-riders and Toronto Star transportation reporter Ben Spurr discuss the dream of environmentally sustainable, universally accessible transit for Toronto. 

Steven Farber is a transportation geographer and spatial analyst. His research investigates the social and economic outcomes of transportation and land use decision making in urban areas.  Steven is currently working on projects related to the distributional aspects of transit accessibility, personal mobility, and participation in the activities of daily life. He has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, is on the editorial board of three international geography and transportation journals, and chairs the Social and Economic Factors Committee at the Transportation Research Board, one of the US National Academies of Science.

Shelagh Pizey-Allen is the Executive Director of TTCriders, a grassroots, membership-based advocacy group of TTC users that advocates for an affordable world-class public transit system for Toronto. Founded in 2010 by a coalition of organizations, including the Toronto Environmental Alliance, Social Planning Toronto, the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, ACORN, and the Canadian Federation of Students, TTC riders led the effort to secure political approval for the transit expansion effort known as Transit City.   

Ben Spurr has been the Toronto Star's transportation reporter since April 2016. He covers public transit, the politics of transportation, road safety, and other related issues. Before joining the Star in 2015, he covered municipal politics for NOW Magazine.

The Liveable City? series is a partnership between the AGO, Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Star. Join us for the full series of The Liveable City? conversations:

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