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An Excellence in Planning Award for WSP’s Own Transportation Planners


Led by WSP’s vice president of urban mobility Daniel Haufschild, and researched and written by transportation planner Kitty Chiu, with an army of thought leaders contributing to the cause, the New Mobility Background Paper for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area recently received an Excellence in Planning Award by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI). Each year, OPPI celebrates professional planners and outstanding projects through the Excellence in Planning Awards.


Kitty Chiu (far left) received the OPPI Excellence in Planning Award on behalf of her team at the award ceremony on November 1, 2017. (Photo credit: OPPI)


“Disruption” has become a popular term in the transportation space as technology and new business models emerge and transform the industry via the introduction of mobile apps, shared services, and autonomous vehicles. But are these disruptions temporary or here to stay? Commissioned by Metrolinx and published in 2016, the WSP-authored report examines whether these new emergences are simply a fad limited to the transportation industry or changes causing a wider effect on our societies and the economy as a whole.


Daniel Haufschild, Vice President, Urban Mobility, was the project manager on the New Mobility report.


With investigations of two future scenarios, the report outlines potential impacts to government policy and operations and identifies strategic directions, organized into six themes to guide government action, including the following six themes: Government Re-Imagined; New Mobility Is the New Transit; The User Is King; Driving the Cities We Want; All About the Data; and Plan for the “Known Unknowns.”


Metrolinx has since begun integrating WSP’s recommendations into their regional transportation plan.

“Since the report was first published last year, it has been interesting to see how the discussions on this topic have developed,” said the Toronto-based transportation planner, adding, “trends always change, but what has been particularly challenging with this current paradigm shift has been how fast these changes are happening, and how interdependent the emerging trends are.”

When it comes to contemplating or conceiving how the future might play out, there has never been so much uncertainty. The recommendations offered in the report prepare cities for these changes. “Our report presents a number of strategic directions and actions that may be useful for cities across the GTHA and beyond in considering their path forward,” said Kitty.

Collaborating with thought leaders and industry experts around the globe, Kitty Chiu, Transportation Planner, Urban Mobility, helped research and pen the New Mobility report for Metrolinx.


More about New Mobility

Published in 2016, WSP researched and developed the study, and authored the report which was created over a five-month period, involving 28 of our global experts and thought leaders comprised of urban planning, transit, sustainability and environmental experts, mobility researchers, app developers, and medical and health specialists from nine different countries.

Download the whitepaperPDF


What’s next? Navigating Uncertainty.

In November 2017, Metrolinx published another WSP-authored report, “Navigating Uncertainty through Scenario Planning.” Scenario planning helps to shift the conversation from what we think will happen to what could happen. It ensures that strategies and solutions put forward for the future are effective not only under the most predictable circumstances, but also in case of the unexpected. Read the full report here.


For more information about the white paper, please contact Kitty Chiu or Daniel Haufschild.