STREETCARS: THE MISSING LINK? – September 29, 2010


For Immediate Release – Please circulate!

 Lawrence Frank, PhD, CIP, ASLA

Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation University of British Columbia

604-822-5387 ph / 604-822-1628 fx

 Bombardier Active Transportation Lab 


UBC School of Environmental Health and the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning are pleased to inform you of our upcoming symposium:


September 29, 2010 (Wednesday)

 Program:  8:30 am – 5:15 pm

Reception: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

 Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, Vancouver BC.


 The Olympic Line – Vancouver’s 2010 Streetcar demonstration project held during the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games saw urban streetcars return to Vancouver for the first time in almost half a century. The project proved extremely popular and has ignited the idea of reinvesting in streetcars as part of a broader sustainable transportation system for the City of Vancouver and the entire Metro Vancouver region.


 Streetcars: The Missing Link? brings together decisions makers, academics, and community leaders to explore, discuss and debate the potential role of streetcars as a critical link within the transportation system and the idea of bring streetcars back to Vancouver. Key topics of this symposium include:

  • Historical role of streetcars in Vancouver
  • Implementation costs
  • Streetcar impacts on urban form and mobility
  • Urban design and modal integration – lessons learned in other regions
  • New data and information from the Olympic Line demonstration project.

 DETAILED AGENDA  is available here:

 REGISTER AT:   Please register early as space is limited.

 A hosted reception will follow the program at the revolving Vistas 360 restaurant/lounge on the 20th floor of the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside. Join delegates for complimentary refreshments, appetizers, and additional network opportunities while taking in a 360-degree panoramic view of the city and harbour. Information from UBC students in the Schools of Community and Regional Planning, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Environmental Health on streetcar systems and their impacts will be shared at the reception.

 WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  decision makers, municipal staff, developers, community leaders, media, academics, organizational leaders.

 This event is sponsored by the J. Armand Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation at UBC.


Lydia Ma

UBC School of Environmental Health

Phone: (604) 822-9599




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