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Transit Planning for Sustainable Communities

CUTA’s Transit Planning for Sustainable Communities training program has been revamped as a virtual program with online facilitation. This course can be offered as an introductory or full-course based on learner demand.

Introductory Course Overview

An introductory course on transit planning, ideal for participants interested in transit planning or looking to learn more about transit planners, but don’t need the full technical instruction of how to design systems. The introductory course is approximately 8 hours in duration and delivered in two virtual sessions with online facilitation.

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Full Course Overview

The full transit planning course focused on practical application of skills and tools necessary to excel in transit planning, ideal for new transit planners or experienced transit planners looking to update their skills with new and innovative concepts. The full course includes online facilitation, group exercises, and Remix software integration for learning purposes.


  • Introduction to Transit Planning
  • Transit Demand and Supply
  • Transit Service Planning
  • Transit and Land Use Integration
  • Integrated Mobility and Transit Costing
  • Evaluations
  • Special Topics

Transit Planning Learnings Outcomes

  1. Transit Planning Theory: Understand the broader outcomes that transit planners and municipal officials should aim to achieve, and how transit contributes to these outcomes.
  2. Transit Supply: Understand the capital and operating requirements needed to run a transit system.
  3. Transit Demand: Understand the basics of transit demand and the factors that translate into ridership, including forecasting tools.
  4. Service Design: Learn about service design concepts in urban and rural environments, including fixed-route and On Demand transit. Learn how to design a transit network through a hands-on team assignment.
  5. Land Use and Integrated Mobility: Understand how transit is related to land use and the broader mobility network.
  6. Costing: Understand operating and capital cost considerations required to run a system.
  7. Performance Measures and Monitoring: Learn how to develop key performance indicators that align with broader municipal goals, and the tools in place to monitor performance.
  8. Presentation Skills: How to present a service plan to senior staff and councilors, and the right messages to convey to different audiences.

The course is approximately 36 hours in duration taught over the course of several virtual sessions. This training course is delivered in English only.

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What our program graduates have to say about our course:

“The Transit Planning course gave me a comprehensive understanding of why public transit is important and actions that I can take to achieve different transit goals within my own municipality. This course taught me concepts such as calculating operating costs, supply and demand strategies, and the importance of service guidelines for your transit system. I’m grateful for this course as it gave me the confidence and knowledge to be able to effectively contribute to future route designs within my current transit system network. I highly recommend this course! Thank you CUTA!”

-Billie-Jo, Airdrie Transit

“This course provided me with much needed knowledge and context to perform my job well. The facilitators were kind, knowledgeable, and presented the information in an extremely clear and concise fashion. Highly recommended for new transit planners or those who work with transit planners. “

– Louise, Halifax Transit

“Fantastic course! A great deal of information provided; you will take something new away and will be able to use the knowledge in whatever role you are in.”

-Renee, Cobourg Transit