The Transportation Land-Use Connection
“It’s very, very simple,” says Eric Miller, a transportation expert from the University of Toronto. “Over 80% of Canadians live in cities or urban regions; and so it is the place where we live, it’s the place where we go to work, and where our kids go to school. So our economic viability, our environmental sustainability, our quality of life all has to do with how we design, build and operate cities. So what’s more important than that?”
It’s hard to argue with the new Director of the U of T’s Cities Centre, a multidisciplinary research centre with a mandate to facilitate research on cities and on a wide range of urban policy issues. Miller is also the Chair of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research and serves on a number of transportation committees in Canada and the US. The City of Toronto uses his “GTAModel” modeling system to forecast regional travel demand in the Greater Toronto Area and to support transportation policy analysis and decision-making.
On September 30, 2009, Dr. Miller shared his expertise with a roomful of planners, engineers, and even a few elected officials at the CRSC lecture The Transportation- Land Use Connection. Using his own research on travel behaviour in the Greater Toronto Area, Dr. Miller argued for a change in the way we think about land use and transportation. "People will walk and take public transit if we make it attractive to do so. People are rational."
He discussed similar issues when we chatted with him prior to the presentation.
Transportation and Quality of Life from U of A Extension on Vimeo.