dionigiAnthony Dionigi is a current second year MES Planning student, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Student Delegate for the 2014/15 term, and the former OPPI First Year Rep for York University.

Anthony’s planning-related experiences have granted him the opportunity to collaborate and learn from a broad range of community activists, planning professionals, and politicians. During his first internship in the program, Anthony was an assistant to Ward 32 Toronto Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon. The Councillor introduced Anthony to a completely new side of municipal politics, and having begun his term amidst the Billy Bishop Airport expansion debate, he soon understood the tremendous tension between political actors, constituents, and developers. In forming a group report on the airport proposal in the Politics in Planning course, Anthony discovered BA Consulting Group who studied the proposal, made recommendations, and investigated the potential impacts on the existing transportation infrastructure in the surrounding area.

As a current Transportation Planner/ Analyst Co-op Student with BA Consulting Group, Anthony works on a diverse spectrum of projects alongside transportation engineers, planners, and designers. During his term he has primarily examined vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian movements throughout the GTA using a variety of quantitative studies related to transportation demand management, traffic movement, parking, impact, planning and design.

Additionally, Anthony is preparing his major research which critically dissects equity as it relates to public transit access. Focussing predominantly on non-drivers, his major research outcome is to improve public transit access, service, and the implementation process of future transit projects so that they may be better geared toward the most transit-dependent users. During his role as Student Delegate, Anthony assembled a panel on public transit equity to compliment the World Town Planning 2014 theme; Equality in the City: Making Cities Socially Cohesive. The panel included Former mayor John Sewell, MES Planning Candidate and Vice Chair of CAPS Matthew Boscariol, TTCriders Outreach Director Kamilla Petrick, and current TTC Chair and Ward 9 Councillor Maria Augimeri.

If you would like to contact Anthony, please email him at adionigi@yorku.ca