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52the GTA continues to grow --Mississauga, for example, is 13times more populous today than it was in 1970 --it is becomingincreasingly apparent that it is no longer possible to tackle theregion's transportation challenges by simply building highways oradding more lanes. In 2006, Statistics Canada estimated that the average GTAresident spends 79 minutes per day commuting - an increase of11 minutes from 1992. There is no doubt that figure has crepteven higher since the last census. "A successful city will alwayshave congestion," explains Miller. "The rationale for cities is tobring people together so that they can interact and collectivelyprosper." But he is quick to point out that excessive congestion canbecome a major issue for the health of cities and urban residents. Every additional minute we spend in our car means more timeaway from work, from home and from our family. The economiccost associated with congested roads is equally troubling. Thisyear, congestion is estimated to cost commuters in the regionroughly $3.3 billion, and that figure could double by 2031 ifsignificant changes are not made in the near future. The significant health costs associated with our currenttransportation is equally troubling. In 2008, Metrolinx releasedThe Big Move, a 25-year plan for improving transportation in theGTA and Hamilton regions. To bolster its call for much-neededimprovements, Metrolinx listed the region's annual greenhousegas emissions from passenger transportation at a whopping 2.4tonnes per person. Airborne pollutants related to such emissionsplay a significant role in thousands of illnesses and prematuredeaths related to smog in Toronto. This statistic is based on ourcurrent population of just over 6 million people. What will happen25 years down the road when our population is expected to reach8.6 million? How will our healthcare system be able toaccommodate an increase in hospital admissions due to smog-related illnesses? And who will foot the bill? Beyond facing up to these critical challenges, the first crucial stepin creating a sustainable future in transportation is to worktogether in collaborative ways, and to brainstorm about creativeand effective solutions. That means rethinking everything fromhow we get to the local supermarket to how we engage with ourneighbours in our commutes. That's the impetus behind MOVE: The Transportation Expo, a multi-sensory exposition running June through October at Evergreen BrickWorks in Toronto. Co-presented by Evergreen's Centre for GreenCities, and in partnership with the Institute without Boundaries(IwB) at George Brown College, MOVE will showcase sustainabletransportation solutions, both local and global, expressed throughlarge-scale projections, interactive touchscreens, sound, light, artand dialogue - engaging the visitor as an active participant. "Theway forward must involve devising innovative, actionable ways tosupport mobility," says Stewart Chisholm, director of Evergreen'sCentre for Green Cities. "It must involve both big ideas and smaller,localized thinking, but it's extremely important that we engage thewhole community in the process." To that end, the MOVE expo will feature the creative ideasgenerated from a series of design "charrettes" hosted late last yearat IwB, which brought together more than 200 business leaders,academics, researchers, urban planners and green technologyinnovators in an effort to come up with solutions by the year 2040for 10 key transportation challenges facing the Greater Toronto andHamilton Areas. "We have been examining how city systems willneed to be re-imagined using a light infrastructure model thatreduces carbon impact, balances energy production andconsumption, and creates synergy between cities and theirhinterlands," says IwB director Luigi Ferrara. "The MOVE Expo hasallowed us to bring our interdisciplinary design thinking to theseproblems in a dynamic, creative research setting with professionalsand graduate students." Although many of the challenges featured at the MOVE expo focuson the GTA, the issues and the creative solutions to them are notunique to the region. They both inform and were informed bytransportation innovations from all around the world. Someconcepts capture big-picture change, such as rethinking a future"Beyond the Car," while others highlight current ideas andtechnologies that will keep people moving in a growing metropolis. Throughout the 2012 season of COLLECTIONS, wewill exam in detail some of the transportation-relatedissues so pivotal to Toronto's future.Urban sprawl is not a sustainable pattern of land use. It consumes too much land, requires excessiveinvestment in infrastructure of all kinds, and makessustainable transportation impossible to

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