Technical Services

 

The Technical Services Committee (TSC) promotes the goals of Transit Vision 2040 through the effectiveness of public transit, the encouragement of best practices in the industry by way of research and development and through the exchange of information in the areas of operations, planning, intelligent transportation systems technology (ITS), accessibility, specialized transit, bus design & maintenance, greening and alternative fuels, safety & security, and the application of ITS for public transit. The TSC regularly engages in new research for the transit and urban mobility industry.

Technical Services Sub-Committees

Maintenance and Vehicle Technology Sub-Committee

The Maintenance and Vehicle Technology Sub-Committee promotes the effectiveness of public transit and to encourage best practices in the industry by way of research and development and through the exchange of information in the areas of maintenance and vehicle technology.

Planning and ITS Sub-Committee

The Planning & ITS Sub-Committee of the Technical Services Committee promotes the effectiveness of public transit and encourages best practices in the industry by way of research and development and through the exchange of information in the areas of planning & ITS.

Statistics Sub-Committee

The Statistics Sub-Committee promotes the effectiveness of public transit, the standardization, use and distribution of Canadian transit statistical information and performance indicators. The Statistics Sub-committee is organized into smaller groups that further specialize in industry projects and initiatives.

Statistics Advisory Group

The Statistics Advisory Group is working group responsible for providing guidance for CUTA's statistical data collection programs. This group will make recommendations to ensure that CUTA's statistical data is internally consistent and is valuable to the needs of CUTA members.

Ridership Trends Research Task Force

The Ridership Trends Project is being undertaken by a group of Statistics Sub-Committee members. This project was identified as an industry need by CUTA’s Board of Directors. The objectives of this research project include in-depth identification of factors influencing current and future ridership trends through research and consultation with transit system members and affiliated organizations (i.e. municipalities, government agencies). The University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute has been contracted for the work and will complete the project in the Spring of 2018.

Ridership Methodology Research Task Force

The Ridership Methodology project is being undertaken by a group of Transit System members who belong to the Statistics Sub-Committee. This work is intended to identify the methodologies transit systems are using to calculate ridership and recommend a common ridership methodology to be adopted by the industry to ensure data comparability of the ridership across Canada. A clear understanding of ridership methodologies is increasingly important to ensure equity, especially as Federal Government capital funding allocation is tied to ridership. Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, CUTA has decided to restrict membership of this group to only transit systems in the project’s initial stage to provide the opportunity for transit systems to share freely.

Accessible Transit Sub-Committee

The Accessible Transit Sub-Committee of the TSC promotes the effectiveness of public transit and encourages best practices in the industry by way of research and development and the exchange of information in the areas of specialized transit and other accessible transit options.

Mobility Management Implementation Task Force

The objective for the Mobility Management Implementation Task Force consists of identifying the winning conditions to allow a transit system to realize the shift towards integrated mobility and mobility management from its current state of business. This work builds on that done by the previous Integrated Mobility Task Force who recommended a broader stakeholder group be created to guide the application of the work of the Integrated Mobility Task Force to CUTA membership, products and services, and to consider recommendations around an Integrated Mobility standing committee. This Task Force will include a cross-section of stakeholders representing multiple modes, integrators, and subject-matter experts, which may also include non-members. This is an invitational Task Force, has a 2 year mandate and reports into the TSC.

 

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