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How Effective is Your Public Transit System?

Date & time
Monday, May 29, 2023
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free



J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


As more people move to urban cities, the sustainable use of public transport in relation to private vehicle ownership in cities needs to be questioned. On one hand, some cities have buses and metro in prime locations to incentivize their active use by citizens in their everyday mobility options. On the other hand, these buses and/or metro are neither available nor accessible in suburban parts of other cities. This discourages active use of public transport in most cities, highlighting a gap in tackling urban mobility issues.

Consequently, multimodal mobility in cities needs to be studied across city examples, from the lens of urban morphology, to see how the urban form, design and planning of a city affect the level of sustainable integration and use of public transport. However, public transport systems do not have comparative tools between cities.

Join us as panelists discuss the interactions between the city’s urban morphology, the topological layout of the public transit network and the services and amenities that surround it, to design a well-integrated transit network in a city.

How can you participate? Join us in person or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube. 

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Carmela Cucuzzella

Carmela Cucuzzella is a Professor in the Design and Computation Arts Department, at Concordia University. She is founding codirector of the Next Generation Cities Institute (NGCI) at Concordia Univerisity. She holds the University Research Chair in Integrated Design and Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE). Her current research focuses on the didactic phenomena of eco-art, architecture and design in the city as a means for raising awareness and mobilising sustainable action. Among many other peer-reviewed publications, she has published several books in the past decade.

Omar Ortiz-Meraz

Omar Ortiz-Meraz is spatial analyst and GIS programmer with planning skills. Possess substantial experience in infrastructure, territorial and environmental projects, and academic research; in complement with knowledge on processing automation and management of geospatial information, cartographic analysis, data acquisition, and map production.Having done an engineering in geomatics in the national university of Mexico (UNAM), Omar continued his academic formation in The Groningen University (The Netherlands) with a M.Sc. in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning. After some years in the professional field, both in public and private institutions, he is back into academia at Concordia University in the Ph.D. program of Geography, Planning and Environment. Currently his research is focused on the urban morphology and morphogenesis.

Firdous Nizar

Firdous Nizar is a third-year PhD student enrolled in the Individualized Program at Concordia University. Her research lies at the intersection of urban design, journalism and architectural quality and tries to address equitable access of women to public spaces in the city in relation to UN SDG 2030 Agenda and urban policy. She has a Bachelor’s in Architecture and Urban Design and a Masters in Design.

Jean-Francois Cantin

Jean-Francois Cantin graduated from Polytechnique Montreal in 2021. Since then, he dedicated his career to promote and improve the transit system in Montreal. This includes project like the Urgences-Santé/STM partnership, 747 bus line, Mobilizing Justice/ARTM partnership and many more. He is now a senior advisor in strategic data for the ARTM and work on academic partnership, strategic dashboard and some GHG reduction project. Some people consider him quite knowledgeable in the field of transit and is a sought-after advisor.

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