Many good ideas were presented and could be discussed in my organization.  
- Senior Business Intelligence Specialist, Transport Canada
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Learn From Local and Cross-Country Initiatives

Smart Transportation for Intelligent Cities

Leading Projects in Transportation Planning, Policy and Engineering for Large and Smaller Municipalities

October 29 - 30, 2019  ·  Toronto, Ontario
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Michael Roschlau, Strategic Advisor, Public Transit and Urban Mobility; Former CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Association
9:15 - 10:15
Turning Data into an Actionable Commodity: Case Studies - The Journey From Data to Policy at City of Calgary and More!
Moderator: Jeff Casello, Professor of Transportation and Engineering, University of Waterloo
Ekke Kok, Manager, Transportation Data and Forecasting, City of Calgary
  • How can municipalities of all sizes benefit from the power and potential of big data?
  • New evidence based information on active transportation
  • Data for bikes and intersection improvement
  • How to move from data to policy
  • How to use technology to collect data
  • How to apply models to evaluate infrastructure investment
  • Special issues for smaller municipalities
10:15 - 10:30        Networking Break
10:30 - 11:15
Demand-Responsive Transit and Increased Efficiency in Belleville
Paul Buck, Manager of Transit Operations, City of Belleville
Jeremy Eves, Head of Transit Sales, Pantonium Inc.

Efforts to be responsive to customer needs have resulted in strides forward in this community. You will learn:

  • How and why Belleville moved its late-night bus route to a new ride hailing model
  • Route optimization of all scheduled rides, as riders book
  • How the system enables better handling of demand and increases efficiency in low-density areas
  • How the technology made change possible
  • How the software handles many vehicles and destinations simultaneously
  • Impact on the rest of Belleville transit? Will this trend continue?
11:15 - 12:00
Pilot Projects in Waterloo Region: Testing Innovative New Forms of Transportation Service Delivery
Blair Allen, Supervisor Transit Development, Grand River Transit, Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Learn how the Region is testing subsidized taxis, community buses and ridesharing in Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge to improve transportation.

  • How it started
  • What the data spelled out
  • Funding
  • Progress to date
  • Data and analysis on what worked and what didn’t
  • Lessons learned
  • Future steps – pilot outcomes
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:00
Autonomous Vehicles (AVs): Preparing Your Municipality (Large or Small) to Reap the Rewards and Mitigate the Risks of Automated Vehicles
Lindsay Wiginton, Project Manager - Automated Vehicles, Transportation Services, City of Toronto
David Thurlow, President, Thurus Consulting
Ekke Kok, Manager, Transportation Data and Forecasting, City of Calgary

Whatever the size of your municipality, without serious advance planning you will have problems. That’s why local governments — large or small — need to be actively thinking through their policy goals now.

  • How should you be preparing for the move to AVs
  • WSP 6.5/10 City of Toronto’s three-year Automated Vehicles Work Plan
  • What various divisions have to do to prepare for AVs and changes
  • Current thinking on risks and benefits
  • Who will own and operate AVs
  • How will they be priced?
  • Development of policy, regulations, standards, and guidelines to ready cities for Automated vehicles
  • City by-laws
  • Key levers and conditions for adoption of AVs
  • Results of pilot testing, evaluations,
  • Trial and deployment guidance and tools
  • Addressing the potential changes to mobility patterns, land use, and infrastructure needs resulting from driverless cars
  • Find out about the new driverless automated transit shuttle pilot program that is part of the proposal for Transport Canada's Program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation Systems (ACATS).
  • Filling the low demand last mile transit gap
  • Calgary’s Autonomous Shuttle Pilot Test
2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
Simple Solutions Now! Why the King Street Pilot is the Most Cost-Effective Public Transportation Project in the City’s History
Laurence Lui, Senior Planner – Transit Service, Toronto Transit Commission

Jennifer Keesmaat raises the following question:

“Are we overlooking opportunities that are immediate and possible easy wins as we pursue our quest for that one major technological fix that will radically change our lives for the better forever?”

  • Why the King Street pilot is the most cost-effective public transportation project in the city’s history
  • Finding the simple idea that’s easy to get behind
  • What transformation is possible without a significant capital expenditure?
  • The King Street Pilot - from project to permanent mainstay
  • Focus on moving people rather than cars
  • Using existing infrastructure to serve a greater good
  • Efficiency-first thinking
3:00 - 3:45
Finding Your Easy Wins
Michael Roschlau, Strategic Advisor, Public Transit and Urban Mobility; Former CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Association

This is an interactive facilitated session that will allow you to explore the easy wins that may be possible in your own municipality

3:45        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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