Welcoming Dan Casey: Urban Systems’ Newest Transportation Planner
Urban Systems is pleased to welcome the Dan Casey to our Transportation team. Dan joins us as our newest Senior Transportation Planner and Lead for the transportation practice on Vancouver Island. He’ll also be a key part of the South Coast transportation team and help on projects in other offices and markets as well.
Dan admits he’s been fascinated by transportation since he was young and says that growing up, he was a bit of a “map dork”.
“As a kid, I had maps all over my walls. Whenever we went on vacations I brought maps and atlases and was right into it. That narrowed the focus of what I was going to do when I grew up.” Dan’s dad worked for the provincial government in the highways group, so he was exposed to highway transportation and mobility as a career at a young age, and he’s never looked back.
Today, Dan’s 12+ years of project experience is vast—it spans from regional planning and policy development to technical analysis and design.
“I think I can legitimately claim a broad range of experience in the transportation field. I am somewhat of a generalist within transportation with experience in a lot of specific areas. I think of myself as a multi-modal thinker. I’m a planner and emphasize the “big picture”, but I also have had a fair bit of exposure to the engineering side.”
He says he’s excited that at Urban Systems, projects can be guided from beginning to end. “What I am seeing here is that we can take projects from the very beginning to the very end—because of all the talent on the team, we’re able to make sure when it comes time for implementation, things aren’t lost in translation.”
Dan’s specific areas of expertise include parking management, parking policy and regulations, transportation demand management (TDM), active transportation, new mobility, and community planning and streetscape design processes. He led the recent re-write of the City of Victoria’s off-street parking regulations and is responsible for downtown revitalization and streetscape design efforts in Burns Lake, Creston, Kelowna and West Kelowna. He’s completed numerous downtown and campus parking management plans, active transportation plans, electric vehicle strategies, and transit planning. Dan holds a Master of Planning from Dalhousie University (2007), is a Certified Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) and Registered Professional Planner (RPP).
Dan was born and raised in Victoria, and says doing projects in his own backyard is very fulfilling. “I like Victoria. It is the perfect size and scale, and it’s slightly removed which is nice. I like the people. I like the weather. I plan to live here my whole life.”
When he’s not working, he’s hanging out with his family (he has a 5-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl) and spending time at the beach, playing beach volleyball (he was on Canada’s national beach volleyball team for a time), watching basketball (he’s heavily invested in fantasy basketball, he admits with a laugh), and he commutes daily by bike. Welcome Dan!