Public transit connects people and places. It touches each of our lives.
Develop the idea.
Establish and clearly define principles for the Leading with Transit system.
Develop the complete vision, illustrate the concept and identify/design the critical components.
Identify how Leading with Transit affects and could be integrated into current plans, bylaws, approval processes and budgets (a strategy for implementation).
Make the case.
Identify cost/benefits of investing in transit including -environment, economy, equity and health.
Make the business and non-business case for investing in transit now.
Develop a funding strategy for ensuring long term investment in transit.
Spread the word.
Build political support for the concept. Make transit a 3-level election issue.
Engage the community in designing, promoting, approving, and building Leading with Transit
Make Leading with Transit highly visible, clearly understood, and broadly supported.
How we do it.
The coalition is made up of three task forces: Communication, which focuses on connecting with outside interests and spreading the word; Investment, which looks at possible sources of income and cost/benefit analyses; and finally, Concept, which is concerned with the actual vision and design of the system itself. These task forces meet regularly to complete the above work. Task forces are open to anyone and report to a steering committee led by representatives of our partner organizations.
Continuous service, maximum 5-10 minute wait times
Dependable at all hours
Safe environments - on vehicles and at all stops and terminals
Separate transit right-of-ways
Seamless connectivity between modes and routes
Connectivity: linking communities with places of work, education, and recreation
Environmental and energy efficiency
Faster and easier than private vehicles
Long-term investment that will shape development of our city and province
Routes will not change
Permanent transit defines growth
Integration of transit with development and environment
Accessible for all abilities
Equitable and affordable fare structure
Maximum 500m access to transit
Intuitive, simple, easy to navigate
Identifiable routes and stops
As much or more comfort than a private vehicle
Weather protection, good lighting, Wifi, seating, food and coffee
Space to accommodate bikes, groceries, or luggage
Honour neighbourhood culture and heritage through signage, public art, and design
Create identifiable transit stops with unique identities
Tie communities together, rather than splitting them apart
Integrate land use and built form