One last kick at the can, part 2By no ways is this your final opportunity to comment, but the Regional Transportation Plan is going to have an injection of proposed policy soon, with the meeting to discuss Mobility Hubs, Active Transportation & Transportation Demand Management fast approaching.
Mobility hubs are simply high-density, mixed-use developments build around high-frequency transit terminal. Here's a few things to think about:
- Is it better to have many small mobility hubs, or a few large mobility hubs.
- What should those mobility hubs have? Should we strive to have a balance of land uses in each hub, or should different hubs specialize in one particular land use?
- How do we best encourage this intensification?
- Should we build transit first to encourage development, or should we wait until the development occurs to improve the transit connections?
- How should we deal with parking? Should the developments be built with underground commuter parking lots, or should we strive to gradually eliminate the need for parking. If we choose the latter, how do we best eliminate the need for parking?
- What kinds of facilities are needed? Should employers be required to provide bicycle lockers and showers, or should the municipality take that responsibility?
- Where is the best place to put sidewalks and bicycle paths? Should they be in the roads or in their own corridors?
- How should we encourage people to think about and choose sustainable means of travel?
- Should we offer incentives to companies who offer flex-time to their employees in order to shift the time they are on the roads?
- Should we offer incentives to people who carpool or use other means to reduce the number of cars on the road, or should we use obstacles to discourage people who don't?
- The big one: Should we consider congestion pricing for drivers who don't take steps to improve their efficiency (for example, the SUV with a single occupant in rush hour might pay a few cents per kilometre, while the hybrid driver with four passengers at 9pm would pay nothing)?