May 1

A Bacon & Big Thinking breakfast

From trolley cars to rapid transit: The future of urban transportation

Jeff Casello, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Planning, University of Waterloo
Zachary Patterson, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Land Use Linkages for Regional Sustainability, Concordia University
John Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Maclean's
May 1, 2014

From large suburban developments to gentrification of downtown cores, growing urban centres create new challenges for how people get around within cities. And the challenges aren’t only about moving people – they include issues around funding infrastructure projects, land-use designations, engineering considerations, and anticipating the behavior of future generations.

How should our cities be developing transit, and what transportation needs will we see in the future? Explore this question with engineer Dr. Jeff Casello, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, and geographer Dr. Zachary Patterson, professor and Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Land Use Linkages for Regional Sustainability at Concordia University. Together, in a conversation moderated by John Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief at Maclean's, they will discuss research advances and the policy relevance for all levels of government.

For the last two decades Parliamentarians, their staff, and others have had an opportunity to engage with leading researchers through two breakfast series. The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) has brought you Bacon and Eggheads and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has organized  Big Thinking breakfasts. Urban transportation is a hot topic that requires research from a wide variety of disciplines,  so we’ve banded together to bring you Bacon & Big Thinking, a special breakfast event featuring different perspectives on this pressing issue.

The organizers would like to thank the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and CANARIE for their support of these breakfast lecture series.