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CUTA Technology in Transit Symposium, St. John's 2019

CUTA Technology in Transit Symposium, St. John's 2019

20 years ago, it was said that digital technology was changing our world faster than ever before. Today it wouldn’t be far fetched to say that our world is defined by technology and that few in Canada could imagine life without it.  From everyday items like ATMs and cell phones – which were radical and controversial when introduced – to AI-driven algorithms that determine which newsfeeds you see, technology is inescapable.

In the transit world, it’s crucial for transit agencies to be able to sift through the staggering array of technological options available and to determine which are genuine solutions and which are solutions in search of a problem.

At the Technology in Transit Symposium in St. John’s, we will unpack the latest in cutting-edge technology. These are some of the topics we’ll be covering:

  • How AI will improve system operations (plenary)
  • Using big data to attract riders
  • Smart payment systems: what you need to know
  • How technology drives new mobility

In the backdrop of one of North America’s oldest cities, come and learn about the latest in software that can learn on its own and predict the behaviour of its users. Hear how technology can lead to operational efficiencies, drive customer satisfaction, reduce overhead, and in many ways pay for itself while doing so.

This event will run from Tuesday, May 14 to Thursday, May 16 in St. John’s and is being graciously hosted by Metrobus and the St. John’s Transportation Commission.

When
5/13/2019 - 5/16/2019
Where
50 New Gower Street St. John's, NL A1C 1J3 CANADA

Program

   
 
(by invitation only)
Time
12:00 PM - 4:15 PM
5/13/2019 12:00 PM

(by invitation only)
Time
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
5/14/2019 8:00 AM

Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
5/14/2019 8:00 AM

(open to all members)
Time
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5/14/2019 9:00 AM

(by invitation only)
Time
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5/14/2019 9:00 AM

(open to all members)
Time
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
5/14/2019 11:00 AM

(open to all members)
Time
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
5/14/2019 11:00 AM

(open to all members)
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
5/14/2019 11:00 AM

(by invitation only)
Time
12:15 PM - 4:45 PM
5/14/2019 12:15 PM

Metrobus' new home is St. John's first LEED facility. The 11,000 square-metre facility boasts various environmental features that reduce the transit system's carbon footprint and also provide a more cost-efficient building to operate. These include a geothermal heating system and heat recovery systems combined with energy-efficient lighting. Rainwater harvesting cisterns are employed to collect water to wash the fleet at the end of each service day.

The building houses Metrobus' administrative offices, operations areas, bus storage for 60 buses, state-of-the-art repair garage, bus wash and maintenance areas. The newest technologies and the latest architectural design in the transit industry provides the infrastructure to establish public transit as an important part of the solution to urban mobility and the achievement of sustainable transportation throughout the region.

Time
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
5/14/2019 2:00 PM

Time
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5/14/2019 5:00 PM

(open to all members in Ontario)
Time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
5/14/2019 6:00 PM

(open to all members in Quebec)
Time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
5/14/2019 6:00 PM

Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
5/14/2019 7:00 PM

Our opening breakfast will feature greetings from Nora Young. We will set the stage for an exciting day of plenaries and breakout groups.

Nora Young - Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine—and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape; she helps audiences understand trends in social media, big data, wearable tech and more, while showing them how to better protect their privacy in our increasingly digital world. The host and creator of Spark on CBC Radio, and the author of The Virtual Self, she demystifies technology and explains how it is shaping our lives and the larger world in which we live.

Young was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has appeared online, on television, and in print. Along with Cathi Bond, she has been a hobby podcaster of The Sniffer since 2005. Her favourite technology is her bicycle.

Time
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
5/15/2019 8:30 AM

Time
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
5/15/2019 10:15 AM

Our popular round-table format will feature a moderated discussion on topics relevant to small systems, chosen by those in attendance. Come with your questions and challenges and a desire to share your solutions.

Moderator

  • Wade Coombs, Strathcona County Transit

Time
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
5/15/2019 10:30 AM

Our popular round-table format will feature a moderated discussion on topics relevant to large systems, chosen by those in attendance. Come with your questions and challenges and a desire to share your solutions.

Moderator

  • Doug Morgan, Calgary Transit

Time
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
5/15/2019 10:30 AM

Our popular round-table format will feature a moderated discussion on topics specific to paratransit systems, chosen by those in attendance. Come with your questions and challenges and a desire to share your solutions.

Moderator

  • Mark Castro, Peel Region Transhelp

Time
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
5/15/2019 10:30 AM

Time
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
5/15/2019 11:45 AM

We will explore the many sources of big data available to your company and how to best use them to improve operations, performance and the customer experience.

Speakers
  • Steve Halberstadt, Clever Devices
  • Mr. Chuck Ebbets, ViriCiti
  • When scaling up or launching a new fleet of electric buses, data is critical to all stakeholders in the project. From the executives to the drivers, having accurate, real-time data insights can make the difference between a successful program and having stranded buses on the route. As data comes from many systems and sources, understanding what data is needed and how to assimilate that data in order to increase efficiency and uptime of your operation is critical.

  • David Block-Schachter, Transit App

Moderator

  • Arif Rafiq, ESRI Canada

Time
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
5/15/2019 1:15 PM

Most new mobility providers would not exist without cutting-edge technology applications driving their business. As a result, they are accustomed to thinking creatively about technology in ways transit systems could learn from. Come and hear how they use the latest technology to drive their business and reach as many customers as possible.

Speakers

  • Chris Schafer, Lime E-Scooters
  • A 2018 survey of global ridership found that 30% of Lime users replaced a trip by automobile during their most recent Lime ride. People in cities all over the world are using shared micro-mobility services such as Lime electric scooters to enhance the way they move around their cities and gain easier access to public transit.

  • Martin Grey, Uber
  • The Future of Mobility as a Service and on-demand transit.

  • Hamish Campbell, Via On-Demand Transit
  • Via's mission is to power the world's most efficient shared rides for cities, transit agencies and private operators to eliminate transit deserts, create first/last mile connections to transportation hubs and provide convenient paratransit, all while getting people out of privately driven vehicles. Via's unique technology and algorithm makes ridesharing vastly more efficient and its microtransit solutions are deployed in over 20 countries around the world.

Moderator

  • Lindy Norris, New Flyer

Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
5/15/2019 3:00 PM

While many systems have moved beyond just paper tickets and cash, payment systems technology continues to advance at a breakneck pace. Come and hear from Canadian industry leaders how they are using these advances to grow ridership and improve the customer experience.

Speakers

  • Doug MacKinnon, TransLink
  • Cody Cornwell, Routematch
  • In this session we will cover a high-level view of faring frameworks, tools, and considerations. Then we will shift to a deeper dive to see how both Calgary and Anaheim have integrated Smart Payments into their mobility ecosystem.

  • Tim Luey, St. Catharines Transit
  • We will walk through St. Catharines Transit's journey to mobile ticketing. How will we arrived at mobile ticketing? Why did we implement mobile ticketing? Where are we now and where are we headed?

Moderator

  • Dave Reage, Halifax Transit

Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
5/15/2019 3:00 PM

Network, rally and enjoy at the CUTA Spring Symposium in St. John's!

Please join us in St. John's for a fun and memorable business members' evening. The George Street Rally in the Alley is a pub crawl and networking event that is guaranteed to be a wonderful night filled with great food, conversation and connections.

George Street is a St. John's landmark and home to more bars and pubs per capita than anywhere in North America. When you come out for this enjoyable pub crawl, you'll be sampling traditional St. John's fare and iconic Newfoundland entertainment all along the way. The final destination promises to be pure scuff and scoff - a Newfoundlander's way of saying a rollicking good time.

Our networking events are focused on enhancing member experience, learning more about the local community, fostering strong relationship and having fun.

UPDATE: We would like to kindly ask all delegates to arrive at the Bowring Ballroom (SJCC Foyer) for 6:00pm local time. Drink tickets will be handed out upon your arrival, with a cocktail area being open at 6:00pm. These tickets can be used during our dinner and/or at the various venues you will attend. Once you run out of tickets, there will be a cash bar available. A traditional plated dinner will be served in the Bowring Ballroom from 6:30pm - 7:30pm as delegates are seated. Welcoming remarks will be given from our Chair and Vice Chair, followed by an evening activity briefing.

Time
6:00 PM
5/15/2019 6:00 PM

How artificial intelligence will improve transit system operations

Artificial intelligence is still leading-edge technology in the transit world, where applications may not be quite as obvious as they are in other fields. Learn from organizations that are applying machine learning to some complex transit and transportation problems and what some of the issues are.

Speakers

  • Ricardo Margalho, Stratio Automotive
  • Luke Mellor, Pantonium
  • Jeff Lui, Deloitte

Moderator

  • Vincent Patterson, Durham Region Transit

Time
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
5/16/2019 8:30 AM

Time
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
5/16/2019 10:15 AM

Technology and TOD/TDM (Transportation on Demand/Transit Oriented Development)

Technology isn't just about apps and vehicle systems. The tech world is also moving into fields like urban planning and transportation demand management. Come and hear from some of the most innovative voices in the field about how their industries are being transformed by technology.

Speakers

  • Jamie Cameron, KPMG
  • Andrew Miller, Sidewalk Labs
  • Sidewalk Labs has partnered with Waterfront Toronto to deliver a new neighbourhood at Quayside on Toronto's waterfront, a district that will implement Sidewalk's mobility vision that there should always be a convenient alternative to the private automobile for every trip. This presentation will review the Sidewalk Labs mobility plan for Quayside, with special emphasis on the role of transit in the neighbourhood and how Sidewalk's innovations will encourage the use of transit and allied modes.

  • Sean Rathwell, Dillon Consulting
  • How to integrate mobility in your community

    CUTA's integrated mobility toolbox helps communities understand how they can be involved in building an integrated mobility pathway. This presentation will explain the pathway and provide real examples of demand management and livable community approaches that communities can consider as they build their pathway.

Moderator

  • Nikhil Lobo, Calgary Transit

Time
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
5/16/2019 10:30 AM

Following on our electric bus training program in Montreal in March, we will share some of what was learned there and explore the uniquely Canadian challenges of an e-bus implementation.

Speakers

  • Pascal Renaud, Société de transport de Montréal (STM)
  • The presentation will be on the various electrification projects in progress at STM including the City Mobility project, technical data, the project to electrify the Stinson depot with the arrival of the 30 electric buses in 2020, and the establishment of the electrification committee.

  • Norman Hendry, Edmonton Transit Service (ETS)
  • Our presentation will address topics ranging from the city's GHG management plan to the objectives, timeline, strategy, procurement and facility infrastructure phases of our e-bus journey.

  • Phil Herritt, Edmonton Transit Service (ETS)
  • Michelle Jones, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

Moderator

  • Jason Allen, Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)

Time
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
5/16/2019 10:30 AM

The way Canadians want to move around our cities is changing. We want to experience our cities quickly, cheaply, from our smartphones and with a view to greater accessibility for all.

The magnitude of traffic problems demands new mobility solutions. In addition, on-demand consumption by Canadians (Netflix, SkipTheDishes) has created a new desire for flexible ways to get around. The need for demand-responsive transit (DRT) solutions is clear.

The closing session speech will touch on steps that today's transit systems can take to evolve from fixed routes, fixed prices, and fixed stops and work to address what our customers want. DRT will create new mobility opportunities for commuters and new-choice riders and even expand service to low density and rural areas.

By using global examples, this session will highlight key features of on-demand transit programs and introduce players from around the world. A review of emerging technology and data platforms as well as the range of operating models will be discussed.

Delivering on new mobility options, including creating demand-responsive solutions, will be a key goal for transit's next generation of innovation.

Speakers

  • Marco D'Angelo

Time
11:45 AM - 1:45 PM
5/16/2019 11:45 AM

Cancellation Deadline

Condition of Refund

Prior to March 30, 2019

Full refund less a $50.00 (plus tax) administration fee

April 1 - 28, 2019

50% refund or credit for 2019 CUTA conference

April 29 - May 13, 2019

Credit for 2019 CUTA conference

May 14 - 16, 2019 (No Show)

No refund or credit

Name substitutions may be made at any time without penalty.
All notifications of cancellations must be made by email to conferences@cutaactu.ca.