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Transit camp and the regional transportation plan

Metronauts is holding a “transit camp” to allow the residents of the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton to talk about what they want to see in transportation services in the region. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.

(A similar transit camp took place at the Gladstone Hotel last year on February 4.)

Metronauts is a project that aims to engage citizens to imagine the future and offer solutions for the region’s transportation plan.

The new initiative is made up of two parts: an online community and a series of community events taking place across the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton between April and September 2008.

Transit Camp began as a grass-roots event in Toronto in 2007, without official support or sponsorship, and has since spread to other cities. The initial event was so successful that Metrolinx decided to sponsor this series of events and online activities by the Transit Camp community.

The first of these Metronauts Transit Camp events will take place next Sunday, at the MaRS Centre in Toronto. The event will be an “unconference”, where every participant will have the opportunity to suggest topics for discussion and share their knowledge and experiences with the group.

The event aims to attract transit riders, drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and anyone else concerned with how they get around the city.

Registration for the event began on March 25 at the newly launched website. The first round of tickets has since sold out, but Metronauts will offer a limited number of second-round tickets. You can apply for these tickets by registering here. Metronauts will advise you by April 2 whether they have space for you to attend on.

The website will provide event participants and interested citizens another venue to discuss transportation in the area, and will also facilitate individual and group projects for those looking to get involved directly.