TAC Sustainable Urban Transportation Award


Sponsored by:

Winner of the 2019 Sustainable Urban Transportation Award
City of Ottawa
Chapman Mills Drive Transit Priority and Active Transportation Corridor


Past award winners

The TAC Sustainable Urban Transportation Award recognizes a TAC member organization for contributions and innovative approaches to the development and enhancement of sustainable urban transportation.

This award was established in memory of the late John Hartman, a former TAC staff member who played a key role in creating the Urban Transportation Council in 1991.

Application Requirements

TAC member organizations may apply by submitting an Abstract Form by November 23, 2018.  All applicants will be contacted by December 8, 2018 and finalists will be invited to submit a detailed application by February 8, 2019. Detailed applications will be in PDF format and no more than seven pages long, plus photos and diagrams. 

Submit Abstract Form


A selection committee appointed by TAC's Sustainable Transportation Standing Committee evaluates all abstracts and detailed applications and makes recommendations to TAC's Urban Transportation Council, who provides final approval.

Each detailed application will be evaluated on:

1) Development and enhancement of sustainable urban transportation (18 points)

Projects that enhance the sustainability of urban transportation through social, economic, and environmental components. Evaluators will use the Centre for Sustainable Transportation's definition of a sustainable transportation system.

  • Social - Allows the basic access needs of individuals and societies to be met safely and in a manner consistent with human and ecosystem health, and with equity within and between generations.
  • Economic - Affordable, operates efficiently, offers choice of transport mode, and supports a vibrant economy.
  • Environmental - Limits emissions and waste within the planet's ability to absorb them, minimizes consumption of non-renewable resources, limits consumption of renewable resources to the sustainable yield level, reuses and recycles its components, and minimizes the use of land and the production of noise.

2) Degree of innovation (18 points)

Innovation should be viewed through a "cross-Canada" lens, and related to technical, process (e.g. performance monitoring, consultation) and financial components. 

3) Transferability to other Canadian communities and organizations (18 points)

Detailed applications should clearly describe how the project or initiative is applicable and/or transferable to other Canadian communities and organizations.  

4) Added value (6 points)

Activities meriting added value could include communication and promotional activities, as well as partnerships created or supported by the project.


  • Applicants submit abstracts to TAC: November 23
  • Review Panel completes screening of abstracts: November 30
  • Screening results communicated to applicants: December 8
  • Finalists deliver detailed applications to TAC: February 8 (prior to 15:00 EST)
  • Finalists notified of results in June

Award Presentation

As a means of promoting education and training, finalists are expected to present their respective projects at the 2019 TAC Conference & Exhibition in Halifax NS, September 22 - 25. Accordingly, these presentations will be included in the Conference Papers section of the website.


By submitting my abstract to TAC for consideration I understand that, if accepted, my detailed application will become the property of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), which is entitled to publish the final version. I also give distribution rights to my presentation post-conference.

I confirm that approval from my employer and/or client(s) has been received.  TAC reserves the right to pull a submission if it has been submitted on false premises. Any and all costs related to travel to the conference are the sole responsibility of the author.