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4 June 2018

Last call to register for the New Mobility Symposium!

Experience, Learn, and Network at the CUTA New Mobility Symposium, a one day event designed to fit our members’ needs. Experience evidence-based and thoughtful discussions about Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) and the evolution of urban mobility at this unique and educational event. Learn from our incredible line-up of international speakers from Canada, the U.S. and Europe! Network at the welcome reception sponsored by Uber on Tuesday, June 12th and through the amazing program as there are no concurrent sessions.

Attend the New Mobility Symposium with our lower price point of $325 for CUTA members. There is still time to register and take advantage of:

Excellent networking events such as the newly announced Welcome Reception sponsored by UBER. Come meet and mingle with new mobility and transit experts from across Canada and around the world as we kick off a discussion on new mobility modes and business models and their impact on our cities and transit systems. There will also be an opportunity to try a JUMP e-bike share.

When? Tuesday June 12, 2018
Where? Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Britannia Foyer
Time? 6:00-7:30 PM (remarks at 6:15pm)

Dynamic panel discussions! A great overall event program. Check it out now!

Join us in Vancouver! Register here.

For more information, please contact us at

CUTA’s Annual General Meeting – Available Digitally!

CUTA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Vancouver, BC on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 from 17:00-18:00 (PDT). The meeting agenda is attached for your reference.

This year’s AGM will also be made available digitally for those members unable to attend in person. Members will be able to attend the meeting using GoToWebinar (Please note if you cannot run GoToWebinar on your computer, you will not be able to connect to the meeting).

Please register as soon as possible for the webinar if you plan to attend the AGM digitally, by clicking on this link and saving the webinar to your calendar. Please read our How to Use GoToWebinar document for more detailed information on connecting to the meeting.

While only Transit System Members are eligible to vote, all Members have the right to participate and speak at the AGM. Please note, voting members will receive an email with instructions on the voting process.

For more information, please contact Joanne Vézina.

CUTA’S Centre of Excellence and the Future of Urban Mobility in Canada

A key pillar of CUTA’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan is to establish the organization as a Centre of Excellence (COE) on Transit and Integrated Urban Mobility (IUM), and to show thought-leadership in shaping and influencing the future of urban mobility in Canada.

While we work towards the launch of the COE in 2018, you can visit CUTA’s website for updates on COE projects and resources, and read on below for one of the project currently underway.

TCRP Research Opportunity – Closing June 15th, 2018

CUTA would like to invite all CUTA members, on behalf of the Transportation Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), to apply to be on TCRP project panels and to submit research project ideas to the program. Please share this information widely within your organizations.

The TCRP develops near-term, practical solutions to problems facing public transportation. TCRP is managed by the Transportation Research Board, a program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. TCRP is sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration and works in partnership with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Please see here for more information on the TCRP .

Research problem statements are now being accepted for the FY 2019 Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). To submit a problem statement, first review and follow the format in this outline. Problem statements may be submitted electronically or be sent to as a Microsoft Word attachment. Previously submitted proposals may be resubmitted. The closing date for consideration is June 15, 2018.  

For more information, please contact Lauren Rudko at extension 113.

Accessible Transit Sub-Committee

CUTA’s Accessible Transit Sub-Committee (ATC) 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. The ATC is now looking for ideas on its next potential research initiative or project. Please take a short moment to answer our survey to let us know what topics would be of interest for the ATC to focus on next.

For more information or to join the committee, please contact Calvin Chia at extension 112.


Save the Date – Webinar to come!
Webinar 2: Transit experience – Alternative Fuels

After the success of our first webinar in March 2018, CUTA’s Maintenance and Vehicle Technology Sub-Committee is hosting a second webinar in June where three transit systems (Winnipeg, Hamilton and STM) will be presenting on their own experiences with alternative fuels. Stay tuned!

For further questions, please contact Anita Bayoulou at extension 103.

CUTA Learning: Are you in need of Transit Operator De-escalation Training?

Our 3-day Advanced Train-the-Trainer Certification for Transit Ambassador, is specifically intended for difficult and dangerous situations – providing tools for operators to diffuse potentially violent situations. CUTA’s Transit Ambassador Program  will help your transit system create or expand upon a culture of customer service by empowering your employees with skills to better handle the many situations that arise when interacting with a customer. The program is very flexible and customizable: use is as is “off the shelf” or modify it to meet your specific needs.

Introduction to Asset Management for Transit (Moncton) June 19th : This one-day course will cover the specifics of how to develop an Asset Management program. 3 spots left!

Introduction to Asset Management for Transit (Kingston) June 27th : This one-day course will cover the specifics of how to develop an Asset Management program. 2 spots left!

Scheduling and Runcutting Level 1 (Toronto) July 16th to 20th : By attending this learning event, participants will be able to use scheduling terminology, understand the scheduling process from beginning to end, build effective schedules, block trips, cut runs, and create roster. 5 spots left!

Transit Maintenance and Asset Management (GTHA) September 24th to 28th, 2018:  One of CUTA’s most anticipated courses that aims to explain the fundamentals of asset management from principles to facility and maintenance planning. Reserve your spot today!

To find out how, please contact Kevin Brown.

STRADA Transit Operator Recruitment Tool

Are you in need of updating your hiring practices when it comes to bus operators and supervisors?

STRADA is a reliable, integrated hiring solution designed to increase the probability of selecting the best candidates for the position of bus/transit operator, to reduce staff time in the recruitment process and to reduce costs associated with recruitment as well as budget lost through training unsuccessful candidates.  At just $20 per candidate report, we encourage you to take advantage of this tool. Find out how we can help improve your hiring process. Call us now.

For more information, call Kevin Brown at extension 121 or Sarah Ingram at extension 115.