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Lessons learnt from shining examples

Kenneth Lin, BRT specialist and senior planning manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff in Toronto, Canada, argues that we should all learn the lessons of exemplar projects and highlights Toronto’s VIVA BRT as a worthy candidate

Kenneth Lin
Some VIVA stations provide an environment akin to or even better than some light rail stations
Some VIVA stations provide an environment akin to or even better than some light rail stations
Along with free wi-fi, VIVA?provides some seating with tables, helpful for those using laptops
Along with free wi-fi, VIVA?provides some seating with tables, helpful for those using laptops

 

Lessons should always be learnt from exemplar projects. One such project is in the York region suburbs, just north of Toronto.

Toronto has long been considered a model of good transportation planning practice. As with many cities in Canada and in the United States, the suburbs that surround the primary downtown city have also experienced tremendous residential and employment growth.

The problem is that, when growth occurs in the suburbs, it tends to be harder to serve by public transit. The...

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