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Smart Transportation for Intelligent Cities

Cutting Edge Developments in Transportation Planning, Policy and Engineering for Large and Smaller Municipalities

October 16 - 17, 2018  ·  Toronto
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Day One Chair
Michael Roschlau, Strategic Advisor, Public Transit and Urban Mobility; Former CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Association
9:15 - 10:15
Keynote Address: Practical Steps for More Liveable Cities of All Sizes
Stephen Buckley, Leader, Northeast Planning, Environment and Traffic Practice WSP; Former General Manager, Transportation, City of Philadelphia; Former General Manager, Transportation, City of Toronto

With multiple accomplishments as General Manager of Transportation for the City of Philadelphia and then Toronto, Steve will provide important insights into how to build interest and capacity for using data analytics and technology to make cities smarter and more liveable. Whether you are a large or smaller municipality, this session will help you develop a compelling strategy and game plan to obtain and develop the resources needed to turn big data into useful, actionable information that will guide technological choices.

10:15 - 10:30        Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30
Innovation and Success: Innisfil Transit - Powered by Uber
Paul Pentikainen, Senior Policy Planner, Town of Innisfil
Adam Blinick, Uber
  • Innisfil's story of partnering with Uber to create a demand-based public transportation system
  • Exploring alternative transportation solutions
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Creating of communities
  • The new mobility
  • Challenges and opportunities for smaller cities
11:30 - 12:15
Evolving Transportation Expectations in a Rapidly Growing, Large, Suburban Region
Paul Jankowski, Commissioner, Transportation Service, Regional Municipality of York
  • Twenty years of transportation demand management: Why do we have more cars now?
  • What does your data show?
  • Why can't we all just agree? Or can we?
  • Do demographics matter?
  • Build it and they will come: What? Who? Where?
  • How rapidly will our community needs and desires really change?
  • Where do we go from here?
12:15 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
The Honourable John Yakabuski, Minister of Transportation, Province of Ontario

1:30 - 2:15
The Integrated Mobility Plan in Halifax Regional Municipality
Bruce Zvaniga, Commissioner of Public Works and Engineering, City of Brampton and Formerly Director of Transportation and Public Works, Halifax Regional Municipality
Tanya Davis, Strategic Transportation Planning Manager, Halifax Regional Municipality

From mass transit to bike-share to electric vehicle charging, transportation options can be linked together to provide multi-modal transportation packages to better connect residents and communities. Find out how this city is implementing its long-term vision so that with robust transit and other choices available, urban living can be done without a car.

2:15 - 3:15
Action on Active Transportation: From Policy to Reality
Jeffrey Casello, Professor, Transportation Planning and Engineering, University of Waterloo
Stephen Buckley, Leader, Northeast Planning, Environment and Traffic Practice WSP; Former General Manager, Transportation, City of Philadelphia; Former General Manager, Transportation, City of Toronto
Peter Topalovic, Program Manager, Sustainable Mobility, City of Hamilton
  • Use of empirical evidence in developing solutions
  • Driving policy with data
  • Consulting with the public
  • Politics, policies, design and operations
  • Retrofitting neighbourhoods for the transition away from cars
  • The active transportation network
  • Active transportation facilities/network development, design and funding
  • Age friendly active transportation planning
  • Multi-use pathways
  • Segregating cyclists and pedestrians: when, where and why?
  • Wheels for refugees program
3:00 - 3:15        Networking Break
3:15 - 4:15
Using Big Data to Your Advantage: Developing a Big Data Strategy and Work Plan for Transportation Services
Jesse Coleman, Team Lead, Big Data, City of Toronto
  • The Big Data Innovation Team at City of Toronto
  • New and emerging transportation datasets
  • Data collected by City of Toronto
  • Measuring the impact and benefits of policies and solutions
  • Leveraging big data to improve transportation service delivery
  • Products and services to assist in better decision making and investments
  • How data improves safety, traffic congestion, efficiency Overcoming barriers to the better use of data
4:00        End of Day One
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The rewards of creating a data-driven transportation system that makes optimal use of technology are tremendous - improved safety, reduced gridlock and smog, easier parking, improved public transit and, in the final analysis, more liveable cities.

From placing sensors and nodes in asphalt and on lights to control traffic signals, to partnering with private companies, to establishing Vehicle2V and V2Infrastructure connectivity, to assisting vulnerable citizens and deploying autonomous vehicles, the possibilities for improved mobility are endless and astonishing - and the time for planning and development is now!

There are, however, significant challenges along the way in operationalizing big data and determining the right technology. You've got to know what citizens want and how to capture data from multiple sources and extract meaningful, accurate insights in real time. You've got to know what other municipalities, large and small, are doing to advance their transportation systems to the next level including providing multiple travel options as an alternative to cars, planning and dedicating resources to active transportation, protecting data and privacy with cyber security; visualizing the future of transit and more.

INFONEX's two-day program on Smart Transportation for Intelligent Cities will be the ideal forum for discussing and sharing ideas with others as you move forward. A faculty of experienced transportation experts will share insights derived from their own journeys and share with you what they have learned about improving the quality of life for citizens through improved transportation.

Attendees will learn how cities of different sizes and stages of development are moving forward, how data analytics and technology are being used to improve urban transportation, what has worked and what might work in your own organization. From progress in the City of Toronto, to innovation and success in smaller municipalities like Innisfil and Stratford, to the best thinking on the future of municipal transit, active transportation, integrated mobility plans and automated vehicles, this is an opportunity to learn from others and develop best possible plans for your own municipality.

Take a few moments to review the agenda. Then call us immediately to reserve your place. We look forward to seeing you.

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