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SFU & City of Surrey's Transportation Talks

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Build your knowledge, share your ideas, meet your neighbours

Transportation is a key issue for the public. Presented in partnership by the SFU City Program and the City of Surrey, Transportation Talks is an annual ‘citizen academy’ program. It tackles hot topic urban issues through a comprehensive introduction to the transportation system in the Lower Mainland, with a particular focus on Surrey.

What's Transportation Talks About?

Kicking off in early September, this 9-week program explores how transportation shapes our city. Take a look at the Transportation Talks course outline.

It’s a chance to connect directly with transportation professionals to hear how concepts of community, walkability, accessibility, mobility, safety and more impact how transportation is planned.

Its goal is to help develop citizens who are informed and engaged in Surrey’s transportation system. Participants learn about the challenges, strategies and opportunities of City transportation planning and the need to balance the push and pull in civic decision-making. We explore how our system got to where it is today, what agencies play a role in its operation and development, and how involved citizens can play a role in its future.

Key course elements include:

  • A series of weekly guest lectures;
  • A tour of the city to gain a practical, visual impact of transportation decisions; and
  • An opportunity to apply learnings in designing solutions to a local transportation issue and, with help from classmates, present these ideas to program leaders.

Program Speakers

You'll hear from series of guest speakers that include policy- and decision-makers, planners, and engineers from city and regional governments, academia, private industry and the regional transit agency. Sharing their knowledge, technical expertise and professional passion, they’ll provide insights and experience from past projects and future challenges.

Metro Vancouver featured the 2015 Lecture Series in its Close Up video series. The segment features interviews with Councillor Vera LeFranc and Traffic Engineering Manager Philip Bellefontaine.

Is this Program for You?

Over its 9 years, the program has appealed to people with a variety of interests and from diverse backgrounds.

This program is suitable for:

  • Residents curious about our local transportation scene.
  • Advocates who have identified a transportation-related problem and want to be part of the solution.
  • Concerned citizens who want to engage.
  • Residents working in the transportation field and wanting more information.

There are no prerequisites for the Transportation Talks course and it's open to all.

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Cost

  • Surrey residents pay $20 (including GST), plus a $100 cheque deposit (payable to the City of Surrey). The cheque will be destroyed if at least 7 of the 9 of sessions are attended.
  • Non-Surrey residents pay $100 (including GST), plus a $100 cheque deposit (payable to the City of Surrey). The cheque will be destroyed if at least 7 of the 9 sessions are attended.
  • Professional participants pay $200 (including GST), plus a $100 cheque deposit (payable to the City of Surrey). The cheque will be destroyed if at least 7 of the 9 sessions are attended.

For more information about Transportation Talks, contact transportationtalks@surrey.ca.