CUTA hosts events including workshops, practicums and symposiums on focused topics – often in partnership with transit systems, other associations and stakeholder groups. Events whose topics align with one or more of the Trending Topics featured on CUTA’s Centre of Excellence are featured on this page. 

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Event Calendar

The ABC's of Service Dogs

13:00 - 14:00

Most people would agree that the impact of service dogs in the lives of persons with visible and invisible disabilities, life-altering injuries, and chronic illness is profound.

However, barrier-free urban transit can get complicated due to a wide range of variables. No one organization, business, regulator, or group can resolve challenges facing urban transit and the accessibility and accommodation of service dog teams, but it is possible by working together for mutual success.

As a result, this presentation will shed light on proposed solutions and the dynamics of the service dog industry marketplace and how competition and branding plays a significant role within the transportation sector.

An introduction to the proposed Unleashing Potential Initiative will be the backdrop making room for a discussion to explore not only the advantages of working together, but how CUTA and its Members can influence pawsitive change, while helping CFAS to better understand challenges through the lens of urban transit.

What You Can Expect

By attending this presentation CUTA and its members will be invited to enter into a brief dialogue during the question period. The presentation will explore potential ways in which we may connect, communicate, collaborate, cultivate, and celebrate the benefits of barrier-free accessibility of service dog teams as we venture into the ABC's of Service Dogs in Canada.

In summation, this engaging segment will introduce the proposed Unleashing Potential Action Plan a Plan where everyone matters. 

Edmonton's Transit Strategy and Bus Network Redesign

13:00 - 14:00

Understanding the needs and expectations of transit customers is a key challenge for every transit agency. After 20 years of piecemeal growth Edmonton's transit network needed a comprehensive review. We started with a Transit Strategy that included the largest and most comprehensive public engagement program in Edmonton's history. A three phased approach was used to gather ideas, prioritize needs, and address trade-offs. We reached out to both transit users and non-transit users in a variety of ways including public workshops, surveys, and talking to customers in person, on the bus, at festivals, and other public venues.

The engagement led to a new set of principles for transit network design which was approved by City Council in 2017. This strategy includes a new hierarchy of routes to simplify the network, and high frequency service on major corridors even at the expense of longer walking distances. The engagement also revealed that while some preferences were common to all Edmontonians, particular differences in preferences emerged between residents in inner and outer neighbourhoods.

The principles of the Transit Strategy were then applied to redesign the bus network. An interactive map with rough schedules was created so Edmontonians could see how the proposed network would work. ETS staff and consultants talked with thousands of Edmontonians at public workshops met with bus operators at every transit garage, reviewed comments received from the online survey, email, phone calls and social media. This feedback was used to validate design principles and identify missing connections, resulting in substantial changes in the second draft of the network. In addition, several communities were found to be poorly suited for traditional fixed-route transit, leading to additional workshops where residents helped planners evaluate solutions using alternate modes of transit.

Intelligent Transit Infrastructure - Communication Networks

13:00 - 14:00

As our homes, cars, phones all become more intelligent so should the transportation infrastructures we rely on to move people between their homes, offices or other destinations. This presentation will focus on how our transit communications systems can provide real time data and information across their wireless networks creating an intelligent transit infrastructure. One of the most critical piece of information an infrastructure should provide is the location of their vehicles and people. Regardless of whether the we are talking about underground subway cars, work trains, streetcars, LRT, buses, adopted transportation vehicles, work trucks or simply employees walking around, a transit authority should be able to make decisions based on where and what resources are available to them. Indoor location systems when no GPS is available, Geo-Fencing alarms, and the ability of dynamically creating new communications groups based on this information, in either day to day operations or emergency events, are all part of what we will be demonstrating. Other items include real-time telemetry information from vehicles (doors open/closed, ticketing, passenger counts, etc), from infrastructure monitoring devices (fans, pumps, beacons, etc) and Passenger or Driver Information Systems. Finally we must consider that all of this information going back and forth should be considered as part of a critical infrastructure and as such transit organization should consider the use of private networks and the latest cyber security tools to maintain the safety and integrity of their data.