Canadian Transit Forum - February/March 2015 / février/mars 2015 - (Page 14)

Feature GREENING TRANSIT GREENING TRANSIT WAS THE theme for the CUTA 2014 Fall Conference, and while the winter snows came early to southern Ontario, the spectacular Niagara Region and Niagara Falls were the backdrop for a successful conference that highlighted the continued importance of public transit in Canada, and CUTA's ongoing emphasis on the importance of integrated urban mobility. Held from November 15 to 19, the event also included the popular Trans-Expo trade show, which attracted many exhibitors from across North America. This was the first time that CUTA has held a fall conference or Trans-Expo trade show in the Niagara region. The proximity to the greater Toronto area, good connections to the northeast U.S., and a convenient shuttle bus service operated by GO Transit made the conference easy to reach. Along with sightseeing, or taking in a wine tour, delegates were also busy on Saturday and Sunday with CUTA's national and regional committee meetings, which take advantage of having so many CUTA members present to conduct the behind-the-scenes business of the Association. Conference attendees are encouraged to attend the meetings, such as the Technical Services and Communications & Public Affairs committees. The Sunday evening welcome reception was held at the Ravine Vineyard winery, with conference guests shuttled there and back in WEGO regional buses. CUTA guests ranged all over the winery, store and restaurant, all the while talking business and making new connections. CUTA CEO Michael Roschlau and CUTA Chair Daniel Bergeron introduced delegates to the conference theme at Monday's kickoff breakfast. "Greening Transit is one of the themes of our Vision 2040," said Roschlau. Quoting from the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he noted, "human influence on the climate system is clear - we must act quickly and decisively if we want to avoid increasingly destructive outcomes. Time is not on our side. Let us work together to make the world sustainable economically, socially and environmentally." 14 F e b r u a r y | f é v r i e r 2 0 15 The official opening of the 20th anniversary of Trans-Expo (L-R) Mario Péloquin, Daniel Bergeron, Minister Stephen Del Duca, Michael Roschlau Roschlau and Bergeron then introduced the head table of guests. Among them were representatives from CUTA's partner organizations, the host systems, UITP Deputy General Secretary Mohamed Mezghani and APTA Director of Technical Services Louis Saunders. Mezghani highlighted the upcoming 2017 UITP World Congress and Exhibition in Montreal, the first time in 18 years that APTA's premier event has been held in Canada. Saunders, a veteran of CUTA conferences, emphasized that "APTA always values our longstanding partnership with CUTA in advancing public transit in North America." The Mayor of Niagara Falls, Jim Diodati, spoke to the delegates and welcomed them to his City. A recorded message of greeting and support from the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, was broadcast. The Monday breakfast concluded with a keynote address from John Brodhead, Executive Director of Evergreen CityWorks in Toronto, a non-profit agency that aims to accelerate the shift to green infrastructure in cities across Canada. Brodhead spoke about civic engagement for public transit, and how to ensure that the importance of public transit is understood by the public and by politicians. He praised CUTA for its work, noting, "CUTA has been an amazing advocate for public transit over the past few years." He spoke about his experiences working with politicians, and how important it is to provide them with messages about public transit that resonate with voters. The conference featured three technical tours that highlighted transit and infrastructure in the region. One tour, sponsored by Thales, went to the new Niagara Transit Operations Centre, which was substantially complete but not yet fully in use. A second tour took participants to several significant and historic developments in the region, including a large hydroelectric power generating plant and the cable car that travels over the Niagara gorge rapids. A third technical tour went to the Welland Canal, and showed how this vital transportation facility is operated. The conference sessions were organized around topical issues that fit within the conference theme, and included: The New Paradigm of Integrated Mobility, A Multifaceted Learning Journey, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Fare Collection, Rail Projects on the Rise, Energy Efficiency, Ontario's Leadership in Public Transit, Vehicle Maintenance, Customer

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Transit Forum - February/March 2015 / février/mars 2015

Message from the President: Civic Engagement – the Key to Political Profile
Message du président : L’engagement civique – la clé pour une dimension politique
The Mississauga Transitway – Making it Faster and Easier to Travel Across the City
Le Mississauga Transitway – Parcourir la ville plus rapidement et plus facilement
Greening Transit
Un transport collectif écologique
Elevating the Customer Experience: Collecting the Voice of the Customer
Rehausser l’expérience client en recueillant la Voix du client
Industry Trends: Member Funded Research: A New Demand Forecasting Tool for Specialized Transit
Tendances du secteur : Recherche financée par les membres : une nouvelle demande pour outil de prévision du transport adapté
Marketing in Transportation – Air Canada and the STM
Le marketing en transport – Air Canada et la STM
Index of Advertisers
Index des annonceurs

Canadian Transit Forum - February/March 2015 / février/mars 2015

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