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ITE Atlantic Virtual Session
November 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm AST
Please join us on Monday, November 30th (12-1:30PM) for the CITE Atlantic Provinces Section’s second virtual Lunch & Learn Session. The first hour of the session (12-1PM) will include two approximately 20-minute presentations (see details below), with time for a few questions and discussion following each. During the final half hour (1-1:30PM), we will hold our Annual General Meeting and swear in our new executive.
Presenter: Taylor Owen, Climate Change Specialist, Energy & Environment, Halifax Regional Municipality
Topic: HalifACT – Halifax’s New Climate Plan
Taylor Owen is a creative policy developer, an environmental innovator and collaborator whose work is focused on climate change mitigation, sustainable transportation, and community development. She currently holds the role of Climate Change Specialist with the Energy & Environment division at Halifax Regional Municipality where she is working to implement HalifACT – Acting on Climate Together, Halifax’s ambitious climate change plan. Taylor believes that the key to successful climate work is integrating a lens of social equity, building inclusive and trusting relationships, and incorporating creativity and art. Taylor completed a Bachelor of Management majoring in Sustainable Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University.
Presenter: Dave McCusker, P.Eng. Sr. Transportation Engineer, WSP Canada
Topic: Investigating the Use of Bus on Shoulder in Halifax
Dave McCusker is a Senior Transportation Engineer with WSP Canada’s Dartmouth office. Prior to joining WSP in 2008, Dave spent twenty years at Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) holding management roles in traffic operations, transportation planning and parking. Throughout his career at HRM, he demonstrated a passion for transit priority, implementing the region’s first transit priority measures on the Macdonald Bridge approaches and creating MetroLINK, the region’s first comprehensive rapid bus and transit priority project.
Dave will discuss HRM’s recent investigation of Bus on Shoulder operation, a project that he led on behalf of WSP. HRM has committed a substantial investment into widening a section of Bayers Road to create new dedicated transit lanes. But to avoid all of the morning congestion, Bayers Road is only a part of the puzzle. Chronic congestion on Highway 102 leading into Bayers Road is also a significant cause of delay. The Bus on Shoulder Study, commissioned by HRM and conducted by WSP Canada documented how cities in North America and beyond have developed protocols that allow public transit buses to use highway shoulders as a means of by-passing stop-and-go traffic. The presentation shows how successful lessons learned elsewhere were applied in developing a low-cost design approach for Highway 102 along with management and communications strategies. A number of traffic engineering “first principles” were challenged in developing the recommended plan.