Inaugural Sustainable Transportation Round Table

Friday, April 5, 2024 10:00to17:00
Donald E. Armstrong Building 365/370, 3420 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 3L1, CA

In the 20th Century, the automobile became the predominant mode of transport in most cities in North America. This has had a wide range of negative environmental and social impacts. However, transport systems which focus on public transit and “active” transportation (walking and cycling) are uniquely situated to address a wide range of societal goals including reducing GHG and other pollutants at the same time improving population health and safety. While cities have begun to embrace a move towards a new mobility paradigm, the path towards sustainable and inclusive transport systems has a number of technical, political, economic, and societal barriers.

The Montreal region is currently embarking on multiple large-scale projects including the REM, metro expansion, increasing cycling infrastructure, while focusing on pedestrian comfort and safety making this a perfect place and time to discuss the future of urban mobility. This all-day event will bring in international and local experts to share ideas, research, and visions for the future featuring keynote talks and panel sessions with key representatives from academia, industry, and government.


  • 10:15 – 10:30: Opening Remarks by

    • Zahoor Chughtai, Associate Director of McGill’s Sustainable Growth Initiative (SGI)

    • Kevin Manaugh, Associate Professor jointly appointed to the Department of Geography and the Bieler School of Environment

    • Representative from Alstom


  • 10:30 - 11:25: Keynote Speech by Peter Norton, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia: The Marginalization of Walking: The Loss and Recovery of Sustainable Urban Mobility (Presentation in English)


  • 11:25 - 12:00: Graduate Student ‘Lightning talks’ (3-5 minutes each)

    • Daniel Romm: “The Cars are Going to be Alright: Examining Micromobility Infrastructure Allocation and Potential Improvements in Montréal

    • Jerome Laviolette: Projet ACCEPTER le vélo: Support behaviour change towards cycling

    • Lexi Kinman: Bikelash in Montréal: The Influence of Moral Foundations on Public Perceptions of Cycling Infrastructure

    • Dan Qiang: 'Longitudinal Analysis of COVID-19 Impacts on Urban Transit: A Comparative Study of Subway and Taxi Ridership in New York City

    • Maxime Belanger De Blois: Visualizing Accessibility

    • Pegah Salsabilian: Neighborhood Nudges: Optimizing Accessibility for Healthy behaviors.

    • Noah Kelly: Transit and people experiencing homelessness

    • Paul Redelmeier: Identifying transit corridors for transit priority interventions

    • Dominique Boulet: The development of interactive walking tours in Montreal using the Curbcut platform


  • 12:00 – 13:00: Lunch


  • 13:00 – 14:00: How to incorporate sustainable transport principles in Transportation Education (Presentation in English - followed by roundtable discussion)

    • Owen Waygood, Professor of Transport at Polytechnique Montréal

    • Kevin Manaugh, Associate Professor jointly appointed to the Department of Geography and the Bieler School of Environment

    • Peter Norton, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia

    • Madhav Badami, Associate Professor jointly appointed to the School of Urban Planning and the Bieler School of Environment


  • 14:00 – 15:00: Active mobility and the changing design of Montreal’s streets

    • Panelists:

      • Bartek Komorowski, Chef d'équipe - Pratiques d'aménagement des rues Ville de Montreal

      • Magali Bebronne, Programme Director at Vélo Québec

    • Moderator: Jerome Laviolette, PhD


  • 15:00 – 15:15: Coffee


  • 15:15 - 16:15: Regional Rail Roundtable

    • Rodrigo Victoriano (PhD Student - School of Urban Planning)

    • Jean-Franciois Cantin (ARTM)

    • Ian Hodkinson, Head of Technical Solutions (Alstom)


  • 16:15– 17:00: Closing Remarks & Networking session.

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