Data Driven Transit Service and Infrastructure Planning – Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Tuesday September 8 – 12 PM to 1 PM
Data is the new “water” or “gold” in a digital economy. In our years of practice using big data from smart phones, sensors, and Google APIs, we have come to appreciate the significant value it brings to both understanding population movement as well as evaluating options and making cost effective recommendations. “Big” data has come a long way in the past five years, not just in terms of accuracy levels and sample sizes but in terms of understanding its’ powerful value in transportation. Beginning in Lake Tahoe, we used this data and tools where no good data existed. We tested existing assumptions about movements – both in volume and in time. This process was refined, and significantly expanded with data science in subsequent projects to allow us to assign desire lines, visualize patterns, and question mobility strategies. It also allows us to create multiple options to address gaps in existing service networks. When those options are created, the first question is always: how do compare to each other or which should we do first. Using our detailed Multiple Account Evaluation process, our project tools have evolved to enable route comparisons, infrastructure and project ranking.
Project Team Members and Presenters
Cynthia Albright, FAICP CUD, GISP
Senior Principal, Planning & Urban Design
With 30 years of experience managing award-winning projects, Cynthia has built a reputation as a cutting-edge urban planner and designer. Recently inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, she specializes in integrating different technologies including big data and disparate data sources onto one platform for optimal functionality and analysis. She is well-versed in strategy, policy, development, and applications that impact the transportation arena. She successfully managed the Comprehensive Multimodal Transportation Plan for the Lake Tahoe Basin that encompassed five counties, one city, two state DOTs, two state land management agencies and three federal land management agencies. The multimodal and transit master plan recommendations were based in large part on her analysis of cell phone data to capture a complete understanding of population movements. Her 2018 TEDx University of Nevada Reno talk on the importance of quality streetscapes, “The Pearls of Urban Design” is available on YouTube.
Stephen Oliver CD, MA, RPP, MCIP
Focusing on transportation planning, public engagement, urban planning, and project management, Stephen aims to create great cities that serve everyone. He believes the public good involves everyone and providing the opportunity for contribution through meaningful stakeholder engagement creates enthusiasm, energy, and connections needed for great public spaces. In completing his master of planning at the University of Waterloo, Stephen focused his research on the interaction between transit and walkability—aligning with his interest in promoting more efficient movement in cities.
Graeme Masterton, M.A.
Transit Planning Lead
Graeme brings a vast spectrum of knowledge and experience from working with various transit agencies for the past 32 years in service planning and long-range planning. In Calgary, Graeme worked on long range, new development and local area review planning along with LRT/BRT planning and acted as the transit agency liaison within the city transportation department. Today, Graeme is the current Transit Planning Lead for Stantec throughout North America working on formative transit projects such as the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan that examines both corridors and larger transit network connectivity issues to ensure the long-range viability of transit services and other modes. At TransLink (Vancouver – where he was the Manager of Transit Planning and co-creator of the Frequent Transit Network concept now in place throughout North America.) including all the annual and long-range service and fleet planning. At BC Transit, Graeme was the Director of Operational Planning for Victoria and 82 systems around the province, responsible for service planning, fleet planning & scheduling.
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