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TransitData 2020 Symposium

August 11 - August 13

UPDATE April 30, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 situation, it will not be possible to hold a physical Symposium in August of this year in Toronto.  However, we are still assessing options whether to transform it into a virtual conference during the same dates, or whether to postpone it to a later date, most likely next Spring.

We will make a decision in the very near future.

Amer Shalaby and Brendon Hemily
Co-Chairs, TransitData 2020 International Symposium

Future updates will be posted to the TransitData2020 listserv, on our website transitdata2020.ca and via Twitter @2020Transit.

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The 6th international TransitData symposium on the use of public transit automated data for planning and operations will be held August 11-13 , 2020 at the University of Toronto, Canada.  For details, see the TransitData 2020 website and follow on Twitter @2020Transit.

Technological advances and research on methodologies have dramatically increased the availability and quality of automated data that can be used to develop applications that enhance the planning and operations of public transportation systems. Automated Data Systems include: Advanced Fare Collection (AFC), Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL), Automatic Passenger Counting (APC), GTFS-RT, on-board video surveillance, but also new sources of passive data obtained from mobile devices, social media and other Internet of Things (IoT) sensors. A series of workshops have been held in recent years to explore both methodological challenges and potential applications, including: Gifu, Japan (2014), Boston, United States (2016)Santiago, Chile (2017)Brisbane, Australia (2018), and Paris, France (2019) .

We invite both practitioners and researchers to participate in this event, and submit an abstract (maximum 1,000 words) for a proposed presentation. The 2020 symposium will place more emphasis on applications, and substantially broaden the discussion between practitioners and researchers interested in the use of public transportation automated data.

The topics of the symposium will include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications using automated data to enhance strategic or service planning, performance measurement, fare policy, market research, and equity.
  • Applications using automated data to assist in operations control, incident management, and service restoration.
  • Use of automated data to understand demand, customer behavior, normal patterns of travel, and response to service disruptions.
  • Methodological challenges in using automated data.
  • New technologies for data collection.
  • Visualization tools.
  • Organizational challenges related to data management, access and governance.

Please note that the emphasis for this symposium is primarily on public transit (i.e., fixed route and demand responsive transit), but not on shared-use modes (e.g., car sharing, bike sharing, e-scooters, ride-hailing, robo-taxis, etc.), which have many other venues.

Important Dates

Symposium Co-Chairs

  • Amer Shalaby, Professor, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto (co-Chair)
  • Brendon Hemily, PhD, Independent Consultant in Public Transportation (co-Chair)




August 11
August 13
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University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI)
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