vancouver: interactive public outreach on network design

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Here's another example of a transit agency trying to interact with the public in a way that presents people with real choices.  It's from TransLink (greater Vancouver) and it deals with the northeastern suburbs of greater Coquitlam.  They invite you first to state your priorities about matters of prinicple ("fewer transfers", "service to more places" etc) and then look at some network scenarios that might illustrate those principles.  You then get to rank the scenarios, which invites you to notice whether your principles have shifted once you see their consequences.  Check it out.  And on an ethical note: Play with it, but don't actually submit your views if you don't live or work or travel there!

3 Responses to vancouver: interactive public outreach on network design

  1. neil21 December 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    MetroQuest, a UBC spin-off. I think it’s probably a good thing on balance, but I worry about false choices and insincere engagement. Isn’t there usually a ‘right’ answer to a particular land-use pattern and budget?

  2. neil21 December 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Also, this survey is for the area that includes Burke Mountain, the planning gong show I ranted about here
    “Be on the way”, human-scale streets as outdoor rooms, a mix of building types and uses within a five minute neighborhood walk – good urbanism is apparently utterly irrelevant to the developers of this mess.

  3. Jarrett December 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Well, there’s a right answer from a total ridership perspective, but that isn’t everyone’s perspective.