Public Transit Modelling – Course Outline

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.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

8:45-9 a.m.      Welcome and Course Introduction – Miller

9-10:30             Introduction to Transit Ridership Forecasting & System Level Methods – Miller

10:30-11           Coffee Break

11-12:30 p.m.  Transit Assignment Models – Shalaby

12:301:30        Lunch

1:30-3               Route-Level Ridership Forecasting Methods – Miller

3-3:15               Coffee Break

3:15-4:45          Microsimulation Models of Transit Operations – Abdelgawad

4:45-5                Closing Session: Attendance Certificate Presentation


Dr. Hossam Abdelgawad has 14 years of experience in developing simulation models using a wide range of traffic software/tools. He is a 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.

Registration Fees & Acknowledgment

The registration fees (inclusive of 13% HST) are $1,582 for the PT Planning and ITS course; $791 for the PT Modelling course; and $2,147 for both courses. All amounts are in Canadian dollars. Registration covers attendance, course notes, lunches, coffee breaks and course completion certificate. Accommodation costs are not included in the registration fee. Upon receipt of your completed registration form and payment, your registration will be acknowledged by email.

Early-bird Registration

The following discounted fees (inclusive of 13% HST) are offered for early bird registration before July 23, 2018: $1,356 for the PT Planning and ITS course; $678 for the PT Modelling course; and $1,865 for both courses.


If you have to cancel your registration, your fee will be refunded in full provided that we receive your cancellation request in writing no later than August 6, 2018. After that date, no refunds are available. A replacement can always be nominated if you cannot attend.

Contact Details

For inquiries about the course, please contact:
Ms. Pat Doherty, Course Manager
Events and Communications Coordinator, UTTRI
Phone: 1-416-978-4175

How to Register

Register online here or click here for a printable Registration Form.