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Transportation program cruises into new library

August 29, 2011
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Simon Fraser University and the City of Surrey are once again teaming up to offer the Transportation Lecture program. It will be the first program offered in SFU Surrey’s space in the new Central City Library.

The 10 weekly sessions start Sept. 14 (6:30 – 9:30 p.m.) and involve a series of guest lecturers, class discussions and field trips to see some of Surrey’s transportation challenges first-hand. The program’s inaugural run last fall at SFU Surrey proved popular and has drawn high praise from participants (see video).

Conceived by SFU City program director Gordon Price together with Vince Lalonde, general manager of engineering for the City of Surrey, the program is a first of its kind in B.C. “It’s an opportunity for the general public as well as those working in the field to learn more about the role transportation plays in the shaping and development of the city,” says Price, a former Vancouver city councillor who specializes in transportation issues. He teaches in a similar program in Portland.

“It offers a forum to discuss important regional and local transportation issues and allows the City to better communicate its role in transportation services and how the city fits into the bigger picture, ” he says.

The course is designed for a range of participants, from students and professionals in the field to transportation advocates or those who are simply interested. Participants meet key players and also raise issues for discussion.

They learn about who’s responsible for different types of transportation, how it is funded and how new systems and networks are planned. How roads are managed and the relationship between transportation and land use in Surrey are also discussed.

Participants will hear from and interact with senior practitioners from the city as well as those from TransLink, ICBC and government ministry and city officials. On-site interactive tours examine planning decisions and challenges faced by transportation officials.

Price says that with a projected population of 500,000 residents in the next few years, Surrey’s transportation network “is a fundamental element of how the City will develop.”

SFU Surrey has an agreement with the library to rent three classrooms to deliver courses through SFU Continuing Studies. Other initiatives with SFU faculty and students are also being planned as part of the collaboration.

Some spaces remain open. The course fee is $300. There is also $250 in sponsorship available. See http://www.sfu.ca/city/courses.htm for more information.

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