Connective Communities

Connective Communities

Transit and land use planning are interdependent players in the dynamic question of how to achieve urban livability. We have long been immersed in work that connects communities, including transit and mobility plans; urban and rural planning; and detailed design of pedestrian, transit, and bicycle facilities. To us, successful mobility systems are fully integrated and seamless — instead of an intervention. This is why we rely on extensive public consultation and partner with stakeholders, rooting our designs in common ground. Well-planned, connected communities benefit everyone.

  • Canada Line Stations
  • The Evergreen Line
  • South Lake Union Mobility Plan
  • SR-520 Urban Corridors
  • Opening for the 2010 Olympics games, Canada Line added 16 stations to the SkyTrain network.
  • The Canada Line is an efficient and environmentally friendly way to get riders through one of Vancouver’s busiest corridors, and provides easy access to the Vancouver International Airport.
  • Our design for its three downtown stations were carefully planned to fit into the urban context, connecting people with a vast network of underground malls; important landmarks; and access to the cruise ship terminal and convention centre.
  • Evergreen Line adds 7 stations to the SkyTrain network, connecting three suburban municipalities.
  • Station-siting decisions used TOD principles, including an area’s likelihood to support a dense land use mix. Station designs emphasize direct bike and pedestrian linkages as well as interface with local bus stops.
  • Port Moody Central and Coquitlam intermodal stations share entrances and fare gates to make transfers to the West Coast Express commuter rail and/or bus interchanges more convenient.
  • This Mobility Plan documents the community’s vision for this rapidly growing employment district.
  • The Plan recommends an east-west street grid across Aurora Avenue at John, re-imagines Thomas and Harrison Streets as complementary ‘complete streets;” and consolidates multi-modal transit opportunities at two hubs adjacent to mixed-use developments.
  • The Plan also seeks to provide a generous bicycle/pedestrian trail to encourage travel between Seattle Center and Lake Union Park.
  • Our urban design for the SR-520 west side has helped integrate this limited access freeway into an existing neighborhood.
  • The team is designing highway off-ramps that reduce or eliminate vehicular crossings, enhancing bicycle and pedestrian safety, and providing areas for public gathering on landscaped lids.
  • The team has also focused on creating safe and comfortable pedestrian bridge undercrossings and has worked to increase visual and physical access across the proposed park lid.