Author Archives: Tania Wegwitz

About Tania Wegwitz

Senior Transportation Planner & Transit Lead for Western Canada's Watt Consulting Group, in both my professional life and as a community volunteer I'm passionate about making cities more connected and vibrant. With 20+ years experience, I've worked with over 70 communities to shape their sustainable transportation networks. Thoughts and my blog my own.

Reprise: Highway 16 Transit and Fundamental Mobility

From the Vault: The following post was originally published on June 28, 2015.  It was one of the first things I ever wrote here at Connecting Dots, and for good reason.  The people and transit systems of northwest BC taught me much since I first started working with their region as a newly-minted transit planner in 1999.  And in particular–as… Read more »

On a New Job and the Undeniable Importance of 5 a.m. in a Bus Yard

Early morning at VTC

This past Friday I left my role as BC Transit’s Manager of Planning to take on new opportunities as a Senior Transportation Planner & Transit Lead with Calgary-based Watt Consulting Group. Understandably, this change has occupied much of my mind and presented a range of feelings. Gratitude for the opportunities I had to grow over the last 21 years with… Read more »

CLIC: Idenfitying the Long Term Costs of Sprawl

Can you identify the long term costs of sprawled development? Three BC-based planners certainly think so and they’ve contributed to the creation of a free online tool to help communities of all sizes do the same. “I feel like it’s the tool planners have been waiting for,” said project lead Narissa Chadwick, playfully referring to the tool she helped create…. Read more »

Snapshots from Vancouver’s CUTA Transit Conference: Integrating Mobility

CUTA 2016

The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) recently held its annual conference and giant transit trade show from November 5-9, 2016 in Vancouver, B.C. Billed under the title “Inspiring Sustainable Change,” the conference focussed on changing technology, climate, demographics and customer expectations when it comes to cities and how they move. I had an opportunity to attend part of the conference… Read more »

Going Less Loopy: The Transit Basics Behind TransLink’s SkyTrain Changes

TransLink SkyTrain Change

This past weekend, TransLink’s SkyTrain network in the Metro Vancouver, BC region underwent a pretty sizable series of route and platform changes. The changes are paving the way for the start later this year of service along the new Evergreen Extension and revised supporting bus routes. I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the transit planning… Read more »

Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place 2016: Links & Highlights

The 2016 Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference  happened in Vancouver, BC from September 12 to 15 and I thought it might be interesting to pass on a few highlights. With an event program the size of a heftier magazine and held in conjunction with the Project for Public Spaces and Placemaking Week, the conference felt somewhat like the… Read more »

On DIY Culture & Growing Up to the Music of NoMeansNo

Over the weekend, B.C. band NoMeansNo announced their well-deserved retirement after nearly four decades of churning out music. My nerdy love of weird, noisy music usually doesn’t so obviously make its way into my equally nerdy blog about transportation and cities, but in this case, I felt like I needed to make an exception.  When I heard of NoMeansNo’s retirement,… Read more »

Beyond Portage & Main: Winnipeg Transit Connects to its Future

Tania Wegwitz   July 12, 2016   Comments Off on Beyond Portage & Main: Winnipeg Transit Connects to its Future
Winnipeg Transit Bjorn Radstrom

There is no greater gift than having a deep connection to the work you do all day. And it’s exactly that kind of connection that I heard from Winnipeg Transit’s Manager of Service Development’s Björn Rådström when I asked him about his job recently: “I don’t believe in the importance of transit because I work at a transit system,” said… Read more »

Building Great Cities Starts with Teaching Kids to Build

“Okay,” I say looking over at my construction partner, “you ready?” “Ready,” she says, giving her safety glasses one last nudge and shifting the electric jigsaw in her grip. She is determined.  She is capable.  And she is six years old. And just like that, she pulls the saw trigger, the blade whirs as we both help guide it, and… Read more »

Yes! The Long Form Census is Back: Now Could We Make it More Multimodal?

Our daily lives are increasingly multimodal when it comes to how we get around.  How might we shape our Census to better track how we are mixing and matching our transportation choices? This past weekend I sat down at our kitchen table and discovered that I had come out ahead in two uniquely Canadian games of chance*: Against all odds,… Read more »