Public Transit Planning and ITS – 2022 Course Outline

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.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

8:30-8:45am      Welcome and Course Introduction – Hemily
8:45-10:00          Setting the Context for Transit Planning – Hemily
10:00-10:20        Coffee Break
10:20-11:45        Transit Lines and Networks: Types and Operations – Shalaby
11:45-12:45        Lunch
12:45-2:00pm    Fundamentals of Line Analysis and Scheduling – Shalaby
2-2:15                 Coffee Break
2:15-3:30            Transit ITS: Developments, Challenges, Opportunities and Future Directions – Hemily

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

8:30-10am         Transit Signal Priority – Shalaby
10-10:20             Coffee Break
10:20-12             Transit Performance Monitoring Using ITS Data – Wilson
12-1pm               Lunch
1-2:30                 Transit Cost Modelling – Wilson
2:30-2:45           Coffee Break
2:45-4:15           Transit Fare Policy and Collection Technology – Hemily
4:15-4:30           Closing Session: Attendance Certificate Presentation


Brendon Hemily, PhD, is an independent consultant with 39 years of experience working with the transit industry in Canada and the US, and he and serves as Senior Advisor for the Transit Analytics Lab. He has 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.

Amer Shalaby is Bahen-Tanenbaum Professor in Civil Engineering and Founding Director of the Transit Analytics Lab at the University of Toronto, with 30 years of research and consulting experience in Canada and internationally in the areas of transit planning and intelligent transportation systems. His re- search has been published widely in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings. He has served on various transit committees of the Transportation Research Board, and he sits on the editorial boards of multiple scientific journals.

Nigel Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT focusing on urban public transport. He is Founding Director of the MIT Transit Lab, 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.

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

Phone: (416) 978-4175