Transit’s new normal: moving forward with confidence

On November 16, CUTA hosted its Annual Conference and Trade Show. We did it virtually this year. Obviously, you all know why.

But CUTA members still came together. We shared what’s working, what’s not, and how we can continue to improve public transit so we can continue to improve communities. The conference was a huge success.

Speakers and experts joined us from around the world

Perhaps the only good thing about a virtual event is the ability to have experts present from anywhere in the world.

Andy Byford, Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL), spoke about employee safety, bringing riders back, and how a vaccine could change the game. It was a pleasure to have him as one of our keynotes.

We also welcomed Minister Catherine McKenna to the conference. The Minister talked about Canada’s recovery, the Permanent Transit Fund, and how systems can take advantage of the Covid-19 Resilience Stream.

“Public transit builds more inclusive communities. Faster, cleaner, and in more affordable ways.” – Minister Catherine McKenna.

From LA to London. From Toronto to Paris. We heard how other countries dealt with…and are dealing with…the virus.

But we also heard about a broad range of issues affecting our sector. Financing, zero-emission buses, city planning, infrastructure, and more.

Thanks to our speakers for their incredible presentations.

We welcomed over 1000 visitors to the virtual trade show

Putting on a virtual trade show was a first for us—as was this entire conference—but creating a virtual exhibition was a different type of challenge.

The virtual booths were loaded up with company content, providing an interactive viewing experience. 47 exhibitors showcased products, services, and other transit related goods. And we welcomed over 1000 visitors to the virtual show floor.

Our sponsors made it all happen

This conference would not have been possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors. Our success in advocacy, training, and supporting the transit industry depends on partnerships with organizations like these. A big shout out to them for their ongoing support.

Thanks to everyone who registered and participated in #CUTAvc2020. We don’t know what the future holds. Whether our next meeting will be virtual, in-person, or both. But CUTA’s events will continue. And we’ll see you in Ottawa for our 2021 Spring Summit and AGM!

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