Our Work

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Public transit connects people and places. It touches each of our lives.

Develop the idea.

  1. Establish and clearly define principles for the Leading with Transit system.

  2. Develop the complete vision, illustrate the concept and identify/design the critical components.

  3. Identify how Leading with Transit affects and could be integrated into current plans, bylaws, approval processes and budgets (a strategy for implementation).

Make the case.

  1. Identify cost/benefits of investing in transit including -environment, economy, equity and health.

  2. Make the business and non-business case for investing in transit now.

  3. Develop a funding strategy for ensuring long term investment in transit.

Spread the word.

  1. Build political support for the concept. Make transit a 3-level election issue.

  2. Engage the community in designing, promoting, approving, and building Leading with Transit

  3. Make Leading with Transit highly visible, clearly understood, and broadly supported.

How we do it.

The coalition is made up of three task forces: Communication, which focuses on connecting with outside interests and spreading the word; Investment, which looks at possible sources of income and cost/benefit analyses; and finally, Concept, which is concerned with the actual vision and design of the system itself. These task forces meet regularly to complete the above work. Task forces are open to anyone and report to a steering committee led by representatives of our partner organizations. 

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

1. Frequent

  • Continuous service, maximum 5-10 minute wait times

2. Reliable

  • Dependable at all hours

  • Safe environments - on vehicles and at all stops and terminals

  • Separate transit right-of-ways

3. Efficient

  • Seamless connectivity between modes and routes

  • Connectivity: linking communities with places of work, education, and recreation

  • Environmental and energy efficiency

  • Faster and easier than private vehicles

4. Permanent

  • Long-term investment that will shape development of our city and province

  • Routes will not change

  • Permanent transit defines growth

  • Integration of transit with development and environment

5. Accessible

  • Accessible for all abilities

  • Equitable and affordable fare structure

  • Maximum 500m access to transit

6. Passenger-Centric

  • Intuitive, simple, easy to navigate

  • Identifiable routes and stops

  • As much or more comfort than a private vehicle

  • Weather protection, good lighting, Wifi, seating, food and coffee

  • Space to accommodate bikes, groceries, or luggage

7. Placemaking

  • Honour neighbourhood culture and heritage through signage, public art, and design

  • Create identifiable transit stops with unique identities

  • Tie communities together, rather than splitting them apart

  • Integrate land use and built form