Thank you for visiting the website of the Waterloo Public Transportation Initiative (WPTI).
WPTI is a research group committed to providing expertise in the fields of transit planning and
transportation engineering to address the challenges relevant to Canadian public transportation agencies.
We are dedicated to promoting and improving public transit by executing an integrative approach to
(1) improving transit operations;
(2) attracting riders; and
(3) capturing the regional benefits from transit agencies.
Happy New Year! This month, WPTI will be joining thousands of transportation professionals from around the world to participate in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 95th Annual Meeting held on January 10-16, 2016. This year, the spotlight theme is Research Convergence for a Multimodal Future, where more than 35 sessions and workshops will be focused on this year's theme. To find out more about this meeting in Washington, D.C., please visit 2016 TRB Annual Meeting Website.
WPTI travels to Germany to participate in the "Hands on Sustainable Mobility" Cooperative Workshop from October 18th - 23rd. WPTI will be working with professors and students from Hochschule Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft (HsKA) Karlsruhe University of Applied Science to visit Stuttgart, Freiburg and Karlsruhe in Germany. This exciting trip involves:
- Sunday, Oct 18th: Exploring Stuttgart to see the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart 21 and transportation construction sites
- Monday, Oct 19th: Starting the Workshop in Karlsruhe and recieve 'Nextbikes" to travel around town
- Tuesday, Oct 20th: Workshop Briefing on HsKA Campus with Prof. Markus Stöckner and Prof. Christoph Hupfer.
- Wednesday, Oct 21st: Learn about cycling in Germany and go on a guided bike tour in Freiburg to experience the Historic City, GreenCity Vauban and Bicycle Express Ways
- Thursday, Oct 22nd: Visit AVG headquaters (non-state-owned railway company) in Tullastraße
- Friday, Oct 23rd: Workshop Presentations on HsKA Campus and end off the week with a Brewery Tour in Karlsruhe
WPTI is excited to participate in the 94th Annual Transportation Research Board Conference in Washington DC.
This year, WPTI is associated with four presentations at the conference:
- Session 360 (Mon. Jan 12, 1:30pm): Strategies To Relieve Subway Crowding: Case Study From The Toronto Context
by Nagorsky, Casello, and Shalaby
- Session 601 (Tues. Jan 13, 1:30pm): Developing and Optimizing a Transportation Mode Inference Model Utilizating Data from GPS Embedded Smartphones
by Nour, Casello, and Hellinga
- Session 604 (Tues. Jan 13, 1:30pm): Public Engagement in Public Transportation Projects: Challenges and Recommendations
by Casello, Towns, Bélanger and Kassiedass
- Session 656 (Tues. Jan 13, 2:00pm): Tracking Transit Rider Experience: Using Smartphones to Measure Comfort and Well-being Throughout the Trip
by Dunlop, Casello, and Doherty
See you in Washington DC!
Researchers from WPTI have recently published in the Journal of Public Transportation. Professor Casello is the lead author of A Transit Technology Selection Model, which explores how both cost and environmental inputs can be used to evaluate bus and rail rapid transit projects. The paper also includes a sensitivity analysis of the input variables and tests the model using the Region of Waterloo as a case study. Access the Full Article.
In late October, WPTI welcomed over 10 students from the
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences for a week-long exchange. During the
week, students collaborated to develop ideas and identify best practices for the
ongoing Region of Waterloo Light Rail Transit project.
As part of the exchange, Holger Wagensommer, a senior engineer with VB Karlsruhe - the transit agency in Karlsruhe, Germany - provided a public lecture on the German best practices for light rail transit.
A recording of the lecture is now online.
In early September, the Pembina Institute released Fast Cities, a report that compared the current state of rapid transit implementation and utilization for Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa. In conjunction with this work, WPTI conducted an analysis of rapid transit investments and ridership that compares Canadian transit systems to those in the United States and abroad. Download the Full Report.