Tyrone Gan: Rapid Transit Planning in the GTA – What Have We Learned?

November 23, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sandford Fleming Building, ITS Lab and Testbed, Room SF3103
10 King's College Rd 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 3G8
Pat Doherty

Rapid transit planning in the GTA has historically been characterized by grand plans, little plans, revised plans, ad hoc plans, abandoned plans, and new grand plans. Taking the Downtown Relief Line as a case study, having been involved with the Relief Line for many years, Tyrone describes how the Relief Line has evolved over time – from 100 years ago to where it is today. He also outlines how transit planning has evolved over time, from a focus on transit relief and ridership, to a more holistic view of how transit can contribute to the overall economic, social, and environmental well-being of society.

Head shot of Tyrone Gan

Tyrone Gan

Tyrone Gan is a Senior Vice President at HDR Corporation, responsible for the transportation practice in Canada. He currently manages: Eglinton East LRT concept design for City of Toronto; extension of Hurontario LRT into Brampton; Greater Golden Horseshoe transportation study for MTO; Relief Line South TPAP for TTC and City of Toronto; and Relief Line North TPAP for Metrolinx.

He is a proud University of Toronto Skule graduate with a BASc (1975) and MASc (transportation planning) (1977). Tyrone Gan has worked for a variety of firms, and is also an entrepreneur.  His career spans four decades and has included work on many high-profile projects such as Highway 401, the Don Valley Parkway, and Highway 407 in Ontario, and the West LRT in Calgary. He started his own company, iTRANS, in 1996, and in 2009 merged with HDR.