Waterloo Public Transportation Initiative

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Welcome to WPTI

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 research in:
(1) improving transit operations;
(2) attracting riders; and
(3) capturing the regional benefits from transit agencies.

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Recent Updates

April 2016
Kingston Transit Service Fare Review

On April 14, Jeff Casello was invited to share his urban transportation best practices as a guest speaker for a transit review information session. The WPTI team helped Kingston Transit develop its Express Service that was introduced in 2011. The public information session was the first of four for Kingston Transit as it aims to boost ridership by a million over the next five years. Thank you to all those who attended and made it a dynamic conversation!

For more infomation about the Kingston Transit Service Fare Review, please visit City of Kingston page.

March 2016
Reunion Event Photos

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Reunion and helped make it such a wonderful success! Some of the photos can be viewed here or you can share your own by tweeting at @WPTI_UW

February 2016
WPTI Reunion Event!

Students and alumni of the Waterloo Public Transit Initiative are invited to join Professors Jeff Casello and Bruce Hellinga for a half day gathering at Centre for Social Innovation - Annex in Toronto on Friday, February 19th. This will be a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends, enjoy a presentation on transportation policy and advocacy by Eleanor McMahon, MPP Burlington, and share updates on your work and research

Day's Events:

11:00 am | Registration
11:45 am | Introductory remarks, Professors Casello & Hellinga
12:00 pm | Lunch will be served
12:30 pm | Keynote presentation, Eleanor McMahon
1:15 pm  | Break
1:30 pm  | Information sharing session 1
2:45 pm  | Break
3:00 pm  | Information sharing session 2
4:30 pm  | Wine & Cheese reception

This complimentary event is by invitation onlyAs space is limited, please register by Monday, February 15th.  We look forward to seeing you there! WPTI registration page.

January 2016
WPTI in Washington

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.

October 2015
WPTI takes on Germany

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

January 2015
WPTI in Washington for TRB

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!

December 2014
New Article in Journal of Public Transportation

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.

October 2014
WPTI Welcomes Colleagues from Germany

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.

September 2014
Global Transit Investments and Ridership

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.

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