Rapid Transit Expert in ‘Peg



WINNIPEG—With bus rapid transit coming to downtown Winnipeg, Graham Mall and the downtown will be even busier with more bus riders. American expert G.B. Arrington will be in town to talk about the land development possibilities connected with transit at a free public session on Thursday, November 20, noon to 2pm at Globe Cinema, 3rd Floor, Portage Place. So far, over 70 people are registered to attend.

The Downtown BIZ and our partners have invited Arrington, Portland Oregon’s Vice President of Parson Brinckerhoff Place Making, to Winnipeg on November 20 and 21 to spark awareness about Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Arrington will also meet with developers, realtors, the professional community and government officials.

“Now is the time to talk about Transit Oriented Development,” says Stefano Grande, Downtown BIZ executive director. “Despite our reprieve, gas prices will go up again, and with rapid transit coming to town, there are great opportunities for development projects to spring up along transit corridors, and with the help of potential provincial TIF programs the exciting type of mixed used development occurring in and around our downtown is important to the continued revitalization of our downtown.”

Transit Oriented Development, or Design, (TOD), is the exciting re-emerging and growing trend in creating vibrant, liveable communities. It is the creation of compact, walkable communities centered around high quality train and bus systems. This makes it possible to live a higher quality life without complete dependence on a car for mobility and survival.

The event is presented by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, CentreVenture Development Corporation, Urban Development Institute, the Institute of Urban Studies, Manitoba Home Builders’ Association, City of Winnipeg and Winnipeg Realtors®, with support from the Winnipeg Rapid Transit Coalition.

Biography on G.B. Arrington:
G.B. Arrington is Parson Brinckerhoff’s most senior practitioner in the field of linking transit and land use. For the last 20+ years G.B. has played a key role in the Portland region’s innovative experiment to reinvent the American dream of a liveable community by marrying transportation and land use. He was asked by the White House to organize and moderate Vice President Gore’s first Livable Communities roundtable and has served as an advisor to the Federal Transit Administration and communities from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Perth, Western Australia interested in growing smart.

He is one of the founders of the RailVolution Conference and frequently writes and speaks on smart growth and transportation and has been interviewed on PBS television, National Public Radio and quoted extensively in books and articles on light rail, transit-oriented development and regional planning. G.B. has managed numerous complex interdisciplinary planning projects. The strategic planning work he directed charted an award-winning new direction for Portland’s transit agency. His innovative transit planning and community involvement strategies changed the face of transit in Portland’s suburbs and received a Way to Go Award! from ReNew America and the US Environmental Protection Agency.



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Jennifer Verch, Manager, Communications & Marketing
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