For the 25th annual Rail~Volution conference, we’re going international for the first time. Join us! All you need is your passport.
Metro Vancouver’s multi-modal transportation network connects vibrant communities, not only downtown but also across a very diverse region. Surrounded by mountains and water, Metro Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the most livable regions in the world. Come find out how intentional planning and development has shaped North America’s most transit-oriented communities, large and small.
Mark Your Calendar with these Key Dates
Mobile Workshop information will be available in May and a full conference schedule in July.
Call for Speakers: Opens January 30 and closes February 28, 2019. Don’t miss the Call for Speakers informational webinar on February 5!
Sponsors & Exhibitors: Deadline for recognition in marketing brochure: April 12. Deadline to appear in program and receive full benefits: June 28.
Conference & Mobile Workshop Registration: Opens May 17. For best rates on registration and hotel, register by August 16.
Scholarship Applications: Open May 17 and close July 11. Winners will be notified by the end of July.
Rail~Volution Vancouver: September 8–11, 2019.
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Call for Speakers – Opens January 30 & Closes February 28
Full information and forms to submit will be posted on our website by January 30. On February 5 there will be an informational webinar about the Call for Speakers with members of our National Steering Committee. It will be a chance to hear about the submission process and what we’re looking for in proposals. There will be ample time for Q&A.
Vancouver’s SkyTrain is the world’s longest automated light rail system, with trains about every minute at high peak times.
Transit, walking and cycling account for 48% of all trips in the City of Vancouver (2017). Nearly 60% of trips to work are on modes other than driving alone! For metro Vancouver, the share for these modes is 27% (2011).
Vancouver’s Seawall is a paved pathway that stretches some 28 km (17.5 miles) around the city’s waterfront. Following this route, whether on foot or bicycle, is one of the best ways to discover Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver’s Frequent Transit Network is a network of corridors where transit service runs at least every 15 minutes in both directions throughout the day and into the evening, every day of the week.
Metro Vancouver’s 99 B-Line rapid-bus route between UBC and Broadway is the busiest bus route in Canada and the United States, with over 61,000 average weekday boardings. Urbanized
The only national conference that brings together leaders and practitioners from diverse sectors: government, transit, real estate, business, finance, environment and advocacy.
“I always like the inter-disciplinary approach. This conference is not just about rail as a means of transportation. It is about transportation, TOD, housing, health, equity, etc. This is most important to me as a policy maker!”
“I improved my knowledge base and got to see and hear about great transit from across the country. Enjoyed and learned something at every session I attended!”
“Speakers demonstrated critical thinking, which was refreshing compared to other planning conferences where people emphasize their own successes and expertise over the challenges and tensions of planning process.”
“I came back to my community excited, empowered, motivated, a bit overwhelmed and tired…in a good way!”
Rail~Volution is four days of energizing events that connect citizen activists, developers, nonprofit and business leaders, planners, local elected officials, community and housing advocates, transportation system operators and government officials from around the country.
Share your insights and expand your network in more than 75+ workshops and 20+ mobile workshops focusing on fun, energizing exchanges and creative problem solving, grounded in best practices.
Why Should I Attend?
The Rail~Volution conference has proven results.
At the Rail~Volution conference, you can increase your skills, knowledge and ability to effectively promote, plan and implement transit and development projects. Overwhelmingly, 95% of attendees surveyed agreed that their skills, capabilities and leadership grew as a result of the conference. Over 74% said Rail~Volution specifically helped them communicate more effectively about transit and planning issues with stakeholders. 1
At Rail~Volution you’ll connect to the people you need to know: You’ll be exposed to pioneers in the industry who are shaping the future of the livability movement, but you’ll also hear from the people who are making things happen today. More than half of attendees surveyed made connections to people that make a difference in their work.1
Whether an established expert or a new professional, attend Rail~Volution if you’re ready to grow professionally. Increase the quality of your work by broadening your knowledge and perspective..Engage your community with useful tools for advocates and elected officials. Expand your horizons by meeting new clients and practitioners and learning about different organizations. Energize your career by earning AICP certification maintenance credits. Shape the future with new contacts, skills, perspectives and resources.
Rail~Volution will give you the knowledge, direction and renewed passion for making places better by connecting people with transit.
1 Results from 2013 Wilder Research Evaluation
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