The Role of Rail Transit in Making Cities Sustainable

Rail transit has grown up! Streetcars have evolved into light-rail transit; commuter trains are now part of regional rail networks. Technical, operational and planning innovations have not only improved mobility and service quality but also made urban areas more people-friendly and livable.

Presented by the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in conjunction with SFU’s The City Program, this lecture takes place on Monday, February 12, 2007 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus, in Room 1900, 515 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.

The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Vukan R. Vuchic, UPS Foundation Professor of Transportation Engineering, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Vuchic is one of North America’s most knowledgeable transportation engineers, and will review recent rail-transit developments in cities around the world, revealing how a balanced transportation system can create a more humane and sustainable urban environment. He has authored about 150 publications, including the books Urban Transit Systems and Technology, Urban Transit: Operations, Planning and Economics, and Transportation for Livable Cities, known as the “Transit Trilogy.” He has lectured at 75 universities, at many professional conferences and scientific institutions on all six continents. Vuchic has been consultant to the US Department of Transportation, many cities and transit agencies, including Chicago, Edmonton, Mexico, Naples, New York, Philadelphia, Rome, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, DC. In many cities he participated in comparing and selecting transit modes for specific applications.

Prior to Dr. Vuchic’s presentation, Urban Studies students will present an overview of rail transit opportunities for the Fraser Valley. City Program Director Gordon Price moderates.

Admission to the lecture is free, however, due to space limitations, reservations are required. E-mail or call 604.291.5100.