April 9th, 2021
ITE Manitoba held a webinar on Transit planning in Winnipeg on April 9th, 2021. The webinar was hosted by Steven Florko of MORR Transportation Consulting Ltd., and ITE Manitoba President. The webinar featured four speakers from the City of Winnipeg and Stantec. Thank you to Kevin, Graeme, Bob, and Teresa for your excellent presentations and insights!
Speaker 1: Kevin Sturgeon, City of Winnipeg
Kevin Sturgeon is a transportation engineer and Senior Transit Planner for Winnipeg Transit. He has over 15 years of experience in multi-modal transportation planning, policy, design, and standards development in the public and private sectors. Kevin is a user of several modes of transportation and believes communities benefit from enabling individuals to choose the mode that suits them.
The Winnipeg Transit Master Plan is the first comprehensive master plan for public transit service and infrastructure in Winnipeg’s history. Winnipeg Transit worked with consultants Stantec and subconsultants HTFC, Argyle, and MORR on a two-year effort to ascertain Winnipegger’s mobility needs, based on data and public feedback, and create a network that helps people get where they need to go. With this plan, the transit route network will be redesigned to enable people of all abilities to travel anywhere, anytime, often with no need for a schedule. The new transit network is centred on three rapid transit lines running to each corner of the city. The heart of this rapid transit system will be Union Station, attracting new life to this landmark heritage building as the city’s flagship mobility hub.
Speaker 2: Graeme Masterton, Stantec
Graeme Masterton is the current Global Transit Planning Lead for Stantec located in the Victoria BC office. Graeme has over 33 years of experience in the transit industry, working at three transit agencies (Calgary, TransLink, BC Transit) and two Olympic Games (Vancouver, London). He currently works on transit, resort, and venue projects across North America with a focus on transit and multimodal integration. He was the co-creator of the Frequent Transit Network concept in Vancouver with Jarrett Walker.
Graeme presented on the structure of the Winnipeg transit network and how it will transform from a confusing mix of multi-purpose routes to a system of primary and feeder routes, with feeder routes tailored to getting people from their neighborhoods to a primary route and primary routes that move people longer distances.
Speaker 3: Bob Kurylko, Stantec
Bob Kurylko is a Senior Transportation Engineer located in the Stantec Winnipeg office. With over 40 years in the transportation field, in public service and private industry, Bob remains a significant contributor to many iconic projects around the City of Winnipeg. He continues to be involved in transportation planning for many major development projects in and around the City, across Manitoba, and into Ontario and Saskatchewan. With roots in Traffic Operations and Traffic Engineering, he remains a strong advocate for designing roads that reflect the context of the facility and embracing technology in the planning of transportation facilities so they meet the needs of all users.
Bob demonstrated how Stantec leveraged cell phone and ridership data as part of the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan, as well as how community needs were identified and incorporated in the design of local and primary routes.
Speaker 4: Teresa Platt, City of Winnipeg
Teresa Platt is a clinically trained health care provider with the City of Winnipeg. Teresa is currently the A/Manager of the Client Services Division at the Transit Department. Teresa has dedicated her professional career as a leader in the cross sections of health care, regulatory & transportation industries. Her work has been published in professional journals, presented at various conferences/symposiums and lecturers at the University of Manitoba for the Department of Occupational Therapy. As an investigator for a professional regulatory body, she has expanded her knowledge of advanced investigation skills and procedural fairness.
Now more than ever, as highlighted over this past year, has the global connection between health care and transportation stood so evident. Gone are the days where public transportation is a simple task of moving people from one point to another. We are arriving and even catapulting ahead, to recognizing transportation as an integral link to a person’s quality of life, as recently noted by the World Health Organization (WHO). This presentation will review the key elements of a travel chain perspective and the paradigm shift in the public transportation continuum of services available for the citizens of Winnipeg.
March 9th, 2021
ITE Manitoba hosted its first ever virtual game night on March 9th, 2021. The event featured the popular online game Geoguessr, the geographic discovery game where players are required to guess their location in the world using a limited amount of spatial clues.
Participants were organized into breakout groups and each played through several rounds of Geoguessr, with some rounds featuring the World and other rounds featuring Canada. The competition was fun and fierce, with some participants able to guess a location to within 1 km at times! We were very happy to have a relaxing evening and catch up with our fellow ITE Members and Friends!