On May 13, 2014 the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) announced that the City of Toronto has joined as its first International Member.
NACTO is a highly respected and effective association that represents 33 American large cities (and now 1 Canadian city!) on transportation issues. Until recently, NACTO was led by Janette Sadik-Khan, previously New York City Transportation Commissioner responsible for spearheading an impressive number of accomplishments through their Sustainable Streets strategic plan.
NACTO is at the forefront of best practice in designing complete streets. In 2011 NACTO released the Urban Bikeway Design Guide which provides innovative solutions based on the experiences of the best cycling cities in the world. Then, in 2013, NACTO released the Urban Street Design Guide which shows how streets of every size can be redesigned to support healthy and active communities. One of the ingenious aspects of this guideline is that it provides interim design strategies which are more cost-effective and can be implemented quickly.
NACTO's design guides focus on innovative solutions for urban streets, some of which have not yet been fully recognized in other design guidelines. Stephen Buckley, General Manager of Transportation Services for the City of Toronto says: "NACTO has a proven track record of developing better urban transportation design, and I'm excited to see Toronto benefit from, and contribute to, the great innovations that NACTO is advancing."