Dr. Michael Shiffer, Seminar, June 28th, The Ohio State University
July 2, 2010
Dr. Michael Shiffer (TransLink, British Columbia) delivered a seminar Monday, June 28, 2010 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in Hitchcock Hall, Room 410 at The Ohio State University (2070 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43210) . This NEXTRANS-sponsored seminar was titled, "Reshaping Transit Planning in Metro Vancouver through Dynamic Illustration, Solid Evidence and Careful Conversations."
How can “smart” buses, rail stations and roadways digitally feed maps and a planning process? How can an intermodal transport network help to shape future demand along with complimentary land use? Where does public participation make up for the shortcomings of technology? With constrained resources, the large transportation systems of North America face significant challenges. Yet, new applications of information technology present significant opportunity for strategic decision support and improved planning processes. With a focus on Vancouver, BC, this presentation described how transportation agencies can leverage new data sources, multimedia tools and participatory techniques to reshape their approach to planning. Finally, the presentation emphasized the recent successes surrounding the delivery of transit services during the 2010 Winter Olympics and recent transit and roadway infrastructure improvements that will have a legacy for generations to come.
Dr. Michael Shiffer is Vice President for Planning at TransLink. He is responsible for planning activities that support the major roads, bridges, bikeways, freight and public transit networks in the Vancouver region. Dr. Shiffer was formerly Vice President for Planning and Development at the Chicago Transit Authority. For over six years in Chicago, Dr. Shiffer led the strategic and operations planning efforts of the second largest public transit system in the U.S. Dr. Shiffer has also served as an academic for nearly 20 years. He has held faculty posts at both MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at University of Illinois at Chicago. His research has focused on how information technologies can better inform deliberation, decision-making and public debate with a focus on spatial information. Dr. Shiffer received a Ph.D. in Regional Planning and Master's of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Among other things he has also been certified and qualified to operate trains on Chicago’s rapid transit system.
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