Call for Abstracts

Annual Conference and Transit Show 2022

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Call for abstracts open for CUTA's 2022 Annual Conference: "Transit Connections"

CUTA is thrilled to be back in person again. With beautiful Montreal playing host for our Annual Conference on October 23-26. We hope our members and transit thought leaders from across the country can present at our highly anticipated, mustn’t-miss transit industry event.

We look forward to showcasing some amazing speakers and featuring topics that showcase achievements, projects, and funding developments over the last two years. We welcome presentation submissions from all our members in three streams: Climate Action & Major Project Management, the Customer Experience, and Equity Diversity & Inclusion.

If there’s something you’d like to present, we’d love to hear more. Our call for abstracts is open, and you can submit your presentation summary by completing the call-for-abstract form below. The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, May 27, 2022. Spots are limited so we encourage interested presenters to submit abstracts earlier, if possible.

We welcome abstracts in the following areas:

Transit Connections: Climate Action & Major Project Management

  • Electrification, international partnerships/pledges, and transit planning
  • Responding to climate disasters: Resiliency for modern challenges (floods, fires, storms, snow, etc.)
  • Reducing emissions for our climate pledge: November’s COP27 climate summit and sustainable public transit for future generations
  • Why Rail Matters: 15-minute city, high-frequency rail, LRT expansion
  • Mass transit post-pandemic: the future of sustainable transit and operating or capital investments (post-pandemic takeaways and opportunities for improvement)
  • Integrated mobility and multimodal transit solutions
  • Procurement, maintenance, and public-private partnerships

Transit Connections: Customer Experience

  • Integrated mobility, on-demand transit for urban resilience, and futureproofing
  • Bus network planning, high-frequency rail planning, and innovations in technology (artificial intelligence, demand planning, fleet maintenance trends, etc.)
  • Approaches to fares across Canada (different fare models, universal mobility, ridership recovery, modern payment solutions)
  • Improving customer experience, wayfinding, ridesharing, and real-time updates for riders (filling the “first-mile-last-mile” gap)
  • Inducing demand: the need for urban planning and smart city integrations
  • Multimodal transit as an experience: bikes, scooters, ferries, tramways, gondolas, public art, tourism, etc.

Transit Connections: Equity Diversity & Inclusion

  • Accessible transit and specialized transit upgrades
  • Young leaders, workforce resiliency, and hiring practises
  • Leading by example – amplifying minority voices through transit
  • Transit projects from an indigenous perspective
  • Female leadership, LGBTQ2+ representation, and the role of transit “Allies”
  • Equitable service planning
  • Universal mobility: reliability frequency and affordability
  • Rural transit solutions for the modern era

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