Urban influences. Land-use opportunities and constraints. Road network challenges. Passenger behavior. Combine all of these with a desire to create innovative and cost-efficient transit networks that function for both the passenger and the operator and you get experienced transit planner Graeme Masterton. For the past 26 years, Graeme has focused on building an in-depth understanding of community transit needs and the psychology of using transit.
Graeme approaches his projects with the notion of layered transit services—different types of transit for different needs in the community. This allows him and his team to isolate the issues then determine the best approach to solve specific issues, whether they’re related to rapid transit and high-frequency services or local services. This approach has proven successful on corridor projects such as the Granville Truncation Study in Vancouver, the Green Line LRT in Calgary, and the Red Rock Corridor Alternatives Analysis Update in Minnesota.