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*POSTPONED* 2020 Public Transit Short Courses

August 17 - August 19

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Public Transit Short Courses are postponed to a later date, to be determined based on developments.

Updates will be posted to Public Transit Short Courses subscribers, here on our website and via Twitter @UofTTRI.

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High quality public transit is the linchpin of liveable cities. Not only does it enhance mobility, accessibility, economic productivity, public health and 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 Transportation Research Institute 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 (two days), 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 (one day), 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.

Short Course Leaders

Dr. Hossam Abdelgawad has 14 years of experience in developing simulation models using a wide range of traffic software/tools. He is an Accredited Paramics User (APU) and has ample experience in building models using AIMSUN, Paramics, UAF, Vissim, DynusT, HCS, Synchro, SimTraffic, EMME and Dynameq.

Brendon Hemily, PhD, is an independent consultant with 35 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 where he worked for 15 years.

Professor Eric Miller is the inaugural director of UTTRI and a recognized expert in integrated land use transportation modelling and demand forecasting. He is the developer of GTAModel, a “best practice” regional travel demand modelling system 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.

Amer Shalaby is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto with 25 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. He is a member of two transit committees of the Transportation Research Board, and he sits on the editorial board of three international journals.

Nigel Wilson is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT focusing on urban public transport.  He directs a major long-term collaborative research program with leading global public transport agencies including Transport for London (UK), MTR (Hong Kong) and the MBTA (US) which focuses on making better use of smart card and other automatically collected data to support decision-making throughout the agency. During sabbatical leaves from MIT, Professor Wilson worked in three large transit agencies, the MBTA, Metro Transit and TfL, and has served as consultant to a number of other North American transit authorities.  He taught a short course in transit planning at MIT for twenty years which had a cumulative enrollment of over 400 transit professionals.

For more information


Pat Doherty, Course Manager
Events and Communications Coordinator, UTTRI
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1A4

Phone: (416) 978-4175
E-mail: pat.doherty@utoronto.ca


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Toronto, ON M5S 1A4 Canada


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