2012 Public Transit Planning and ITS Short Courses

Location: Galbraith Building, Room 202, 35 St. George Street

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May 28-29, 2012: Public Transit Planning and ITS
May 30, 2012: Public Transit Modelling
Location: Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street, Room

High quality public transit is the linchpin of liveable cities. Not only does it enhance the mobility, accessibility, economic productivity, public health and transport safety in modern cities, but it also plays an instrumental role in combating serious environmental challenges at the local and global scales. However, the provision of attractive public transit continues to face numerous challenges such as low-density land use due to continuous suburbanization, deteriorating level of service due to rising road congestion and constrained financial resources, to name a few. Given the challenges facing public transit, 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.

The University of Toronto's Cities Centre is offering two back-to-back courses designed to provide participants with knowledge on key concepts and best practices related to public transit service planning and technology. The first course, Public Transit Planning and ITS, provides an overview of key concepts and best practices related to transit planning, network and service design, service standards, transit and land use, and the application of ITS technologies. The second course, Public Transit Modelling, provides a complementary but more focused and advanced exploration of tools that can be used for forecasting demand at both the system and route levels, transit assignment, and microsimulation-based analysis. The courses will be taught by leading transit planning researchers and practitioners, and will provide a balanced perspective on transit systems planning and ITS, including both state-of-the-art techniques and practical perspectives.

Who Should Attend?
The short courses are designed for practising public transit professionals or those involved in the transportation and planning industry who have an interest in public transit planning and ITS. If you are new to the field and wish to have some formal exposure to the fundamentals, or if you have been practising for some time and wish to undertake a refresher and be exposed to recent state-of-the-art developments, then these short courses could form part of your professional development program.

It is expected that those involved in planning, designing and operating transit services at various levels of government will find value in the courses. Consultants involved in traffic and public transit planning and ITS will also find the courses useful and relevant. Members of the general public with an interest in public transit are also invited to attend.

Course Organization
The two short courses are organized by the Cities Centre at the University of Toronto. The Cities Centre serves the transportation industry and government by acting as a source of information, expertise and special-purpose training programs while also facilitating advancement to the state-of-the-art in urban transportation through its active research programs.

Short Course Leaders
Bill Dawson is the Director of Route and System Planning at the Toronto Transit Commission. In addition to the ongoing management of the TTC’s service resources, Bill has played a key role in initiatives such as the TTC’s Ridership Growth Strategy and various LRT and subway planning projects. With 35 years of experience in the transit field, Bill has published academic papers, presented at conferences and was an instructor at the CUTA Transit Planning course for many years.

Ken Greenberg is an architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto, founding partner of Urban Strategies Inc., and now Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over 30 years, he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighbourhoods, regional growth management, and new community planning.

Brendon Hemily, Ph.D., is an independent consultant with 29 years of experience working with the transit industry in Canada and the US, having been involved in a wide range of projects related to the implementation of innovative service concepts and the effective use of advanced technology. Previously, he was Manager of Research and Technical Services at the Canadian Urban Transit Association.

Professor Eric Miller is the inaugural director of the Cities Centre at the University of Toronto. He is a recognized expert on integrated land use transportation modelling and demand forecasting. He is the developer of GTAModel, which is used widely to forecast travel demand in the Greater Toronto Area. He is co-author of the textbook Urban Transportation Planning: A Decision-Oriented Approach.

Professor Amer Shalaby is the Chair of the Urban Transportation Research and Advancement Centre at the University of Toronto. He has over 20 years of research and consulting experience in Canada and internationally in the areas of transit planning and intelligent transportation systems. His research has been published widely in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings.

Mohamed Wahba, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and a Senior Transportation Planner at IBI Group, is specialized in Intelligent Transportation Systems, and he has led and participated in research and field studies while at MIT, UBC, UofT and IBI Group. Professor Wahba's academic and consulting experience includes advanced public transit systems, public transit operations and the modelling of multimodal networks.

Registration Details
The registration fee must be paid BY CHEQUE ONLY made out to UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO. Mail with your registration form to:

Pat Doherty
Cities Centre
University of Toronto
455 Spadina Ave., Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 2G8



Early Registration
(before May 15, 2012)

Late Registration
(May 15, 2012 or later)

Public Transit Planning and ITS (May 28-29)



Public Transit Modelling (May 30)



Both courses



For inquiries about the course, please contact:
Pat Doherty, Course Administrator
Telephone: 1-416-946-3688
Email: citiescentre@utoronto.ca