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Toronto Chief Planner visits the City of Surrey to promote City-Building and LRT

Featured Image: The Stewart Group President Lecia Stewart with City of Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner and Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat

Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat visited the City of Surrey on September 14, 2016 and hosted a public lecture with Simon Fraser University about how rapid transit can influence and shape a city’s urban development in a very positive way. Titled “Great Transit, Great City”, the lecture presented a shift in the traditional view of transportation infrastructure as just a means of moving people from point A to point B. As the public face of Toronto’s many urban initiatives, Ms. Keesmaat talked about her experience in Toronto and the opportunities that surface light rail transit brought to the city – from connecting local people with local jobs, to re-envisioning streets and entire communities. By the end of her lecture, Ms. Keesmaat clearly demonstrated that progressive city building requires a new approach to rapid transit and the two are intrinsically intertwined.

“Getting transit right requires a clear vision of the city that you are seeking to create” – Jennifer Keesmaat

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Ms. Keesmaat also met with City of Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner and The Stewart Group President Lecia Stewart to discuss her experience with the Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown LRT project and the opportunities LRT bring to the City of Surrey in developing its city-building goals.

“Rail transit is about more than sleek trains and trendy stations – it’s about building a great community and great city” – Lecia Stewart

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