Events & Training

CUTA Forum 2017: Route to Innovation

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CUTA is delighted to partner with York Region Transit (YRT) to deliver the transit and urban mobility industry’s most unique event, CUTA Forum 2017: Route to Innovation.

Experience the high-quality networking and programming you’ve come to expect from CUTA conferences with a few innovations to our format.

While this Fall’s event is slightly different than past conferences, CUTA Forum 2017 will offer many features familiar to those who have attended in the past – exciting technical tours, committee Meetings, Board and Executive meetings, CUTA’s Individual Awards Ceremony, a Welcome Reception as well as other learning and networking opportunities.

Because of the shortened format, the Forum is also more affordable than ever, and is designed to appeal to transit professionals from every level of the organization. 


Pricing structure


Schedule at a glance

Call for Abstracts


  • Asset Management – maintenance and upkeep of your fleet and other assets
  • Performance Management – managing contracted transit services
  • Emerging Leaders – attracting and retaining young talent in transit
  • Accessible Transit 2.0 – innovations in providing accessible transit
  • Mobility Management (Tool Box)

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In addition to traditional sessions, with speakers and a moderator, the program will feature the following types of sessions: 

Workshop Sessions

Interactive discussion among participants regarding best practices in the transit industry. Come and learn with us!


Roundtables discussion around issues in the transit industry – the perfect opportunity to share ideas and get answers to all your questions. Let’s discuss and share!


Showcase Gallery

Another new feature at CUTA displaying posters of innovative products and services from CUTA Business Members. Do not miss this special gallery! The premium booth are now sold out! 

Book Showcase booth


Showcase Theatre

New at CUTA! Do not miss the opportunity to experience the CUTA Showcase – a creative open theatre format venue with presentations by industry experts who will display the latest products and services.

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Technical Tours

Tour 1 - Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility

The York Region Transit Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility (OMSF), dedicated to the Viva fleet, is a 481,679 square foot LEED Silver Certified building. The OMSF is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility that includes a bus storage area, maintenance and repair garage and an administrative and training areas. While touring the OMSF, delegates will see learn about the 500,000 litres of rainwater reserve for washing buses, the bus simulator room and much more.

Tour 2 - Rapidway and Centralized Control Centre

Dedicated rapidways, frequent buses, comfortable vehicles, real-time information displays, off-board fare payment, and dependable service along key corridors are making life easier for everyone. Our first rapidway projects have created seamless connection along Highway 7 East in Richmond Hill and Markham, and on Davis Drive in Newmarket. The results have been positive, with decreased travel times and increased ridership on these corridors. With more people coming to York Region every year, rapid transit projects provide a significant benefit. Growth is great when it’s managed well. Good growth establishes clear guidelines for where things will go and what will be allowed. Along the way we will stop at the York Region Transit Centralized Control Centre and Dispatch: The Centralized Control Centre monitors the day-to-day operations of the entire transit network. Overseen by YRT staff, the four transit service contractors are located in the Centralized Control Centre and together they monitor 140 surface routes using the latest INITCAD/AVL systems.

Tour 3 - Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension

The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) is proposed to open in December 2017. This will be the first Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway line to cross the City of Toronto boundary into York Region. The TYSSE is an 8.6 kilometre project that will extend the TTC subway from Sheppard West Station in the City of Toronto to Highway 7 and Jane Street in the Regional Municipality of York. There will be six new stations, three stations within York Region; Pioneer Village, Highway 407 and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Station. Each station will have an adjacent bus terminal. As a result of the TYSSE extension, the York Region Transit network will require significant modifications. The Spadina Subway Transit Strategy (SSTS) identifies and outlines all proposed changes to the YRT/Viva bus route network to support the anticipated increase in ridership. The TYSEE tour will consist of a visit to VMC Station and adjacent bus terminal and include an overview of the SSTS.

Sign up for these tours will be available onsite at the Host Hotel – Sheraton Parkway Toronto North starting on Saturday November 4th, until Monday November 6, 2017





Check out YRT’s video Route to Innovation and Register Now!

WATCH: "Show Me: York Region" and register for CUTA Forum 2017 today! 

When and Where

Nov 05 to Nov 08
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites
9005 Leslie St
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2