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March 16, 2012
News Release - Expert Advisory Panel releases recommendations on rapid transit for Sheppard Avenue East
The biography of Professor Miller is included after the news release

News Release
March, 16, 2012

Expert Advisory Panel releases recommendations on rapid transit for Sheppard Avenue East

The Expert Advisory Panel today released its recommendations for the future of rapid transit on Sheppard Avenue East. The report will be presented to City Council for consideration at a special Council meeting on March 21.

The mandate of the Panel was to advise City Council on the most effective means of delivering rapid transit to the greatest number of riders along Sheppard Avenue East and to review existing and potential funding opportunities for transit along this corridor.

"The Panel established specific criteria to evaluate each option that was before us," said Professor Eric Miller, Director of the University of Toronto's Cities Centre and respected leader in urban transportation, on behalf of the Panel. "After a detailed assessment, the Panel concluded that Light Rail Transit (LRT) is the recommended mode of transit for Sheppard Avenue East."

There was strong consensus across the Panel that LRT was the best option available based on criteria that provided the greatest economic impact, best use of funding, transit service, sustainability and social impact.

"The Panel was mindful that the choice must be broadly sustainable: it must meet today's needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs; and it must meet Northern Scarborough's needs without compromising the City's ability to meet needs in other areas of Toronto," said Professor Miller.

The Expert Advisory Panel regarding transit on Sheppard East was established by City Council at a special Council meeting on February 8. The Panel members are:

David Crombie, Chair, Toronto Lands Corporation
Professor Eric Miller, Director, Cities Centre, University of Toronto
Dr. Gordon Chong, CEO, Toronto Transit Infrastructure Ltd.
Mitzie Hunter, CEO, Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
Prabha Khosla, Chair, Toronto Women's City Alliance
Israt Ahmed, Community Planner, Scarborough, Toronto Social Planning
Ernie McCullough, Executive Director, Sheppard East Village BIA.

More information about the report is available at

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Biography of Professor Miller

Professor Eric Miller is the inaugural Director of the University of Toronto Cities Centre. He has B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from M.I.T.

Professor Miller has been a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto since 1983, where he is currently a Professor and former Director of the University of Toronto Urban Transportation Research and Advancement Centre.

Professor Miller is the Chair of the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Travel Behavior and Values and past-Chair of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research. He has served as Acting Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering during 1998-99, 2003 and 2007. He was also the past-Chair of the TRB Sub-Committee on Integrated Transportation – Land Use Modeling and Member Emeritus of the TRB Transportation Demand Forecasting Committee and served on the TRB Task Force on Moving Activity-Based Approaches to Practice and the US National Academy of Sciences Committee for Determination of the State of the Practice in Metropolitan Area Travel Forecasting.

Professor Miller recently chaired the travel demand modelling peer review panels for magnetic levitation demonstration projects in Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Las Vegas, has been a member of technical advisory groups for the TRANSIMS implementations in Portland, Oregon, Buffalo, N.Y. and Burlington, Vermont, and has served on numerous travel demand peer review assignments, including Los Angeles, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City (reviewing their UrbanSim application), Denver, Vancouver and Waterloo, Ontario, and, currently, the California High-Speed Rail Statewide Model.

Professor Miller's research interests include: integrated land use transportation modelling; analysis of the relationship between urban form and travel behaviour; modelling transportation system energy use and emissions; and microsimulation modelling. He is the developer of GTAModel, a “best practice” regional travel demand modeling system used by the City of Toronto, the Region of Durham, the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton to forecast travel demand in the Greater Toronto Area; TASHA, a state-of-the-art activity-based microsimulation model of GTA travel; and ILUTE, an integrated land use – travel demand models system for the GTA.

Professor Miller's international experience includes transit planning in Cairo, Egypt and developing a travel demand model in Mumbai and Hyderabad, India. He is co-author of the textbook Urban Transportation Planning: A Decision-Oriented Approach, the second edition of which was published in 2001.

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