Public Transit Planning & ITS Short Course

Location: Room GB202, Galbraith Bldg, 100 St. George Street, University of Toronto

Monday, August 9 and Tuesday, August 10:  Short Course on Public Transit Planning and ITS with Professor Amer Shalaby, Professor Eric J. Miller and Brendon Hemily, Ph.D. 

Attractive and efficient public transit is an indispensable component of any city to meet its strategic objectives. High quality public transit has the potential for enhancing the mobility, accessibility and economic viability of cities, while mitigating problems of poor transport safety and air quality. However, the provision of attractive public transit is faced with numerous challenges such as low-density land use due to continuous suburbanization, poor performance due to congestion effects and constrained financial resources, to name a few. Given the challenges facing public transportation, it is essential for transit planners to acquire advanced analytical skills and knowledge to aid them in the planning of attractive and efficient public transit systems. At the same time, advanced technology such as Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is playing an increasingly important role in the planning and operations of public transit, and needs to be fully integrated into internal business processes.