ITE 2018 Annual Meeting and Exhibt

Technical Tours

These tours require a separate fee. Prior to the conference, tickets can be purchased online or onsite, they can purchased at the ITE Registration Desk on a first-come, first-served basis on tours where space is still available. We will be unable to maintain waiting lists for sold-out tours. Tour participants should meet in the hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time for departure.

Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (Line 1), Tuesday, August 1, 8:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Fee: USD$25.00
Professional Development Credits: 2.0 PDH

Tour a brand-new transit facility in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The GTA is the most populous metropolitan area in Canada, with a population of approximately 6.5 million people. Serving this population are 9 regional and municipal public transit operators. On this tour we will get a behind the-scenes look at a new transit facility in the GTA. Participants should wear long pants and shirts with sleeves (no sleeveless tops)

 

Walking Tour – Complete Streets in Downtown Toronto , Tuesday, August 1, 9:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Fee: USD$25
Professional Development Credits: 1.5 PDH

Although the City of Toronto only released the Toronto Complete Streets Guidelines in December 2016, it has been implementing Complete Streets elements through its capital construction projects and other operational and policy actions for a number of years now. This walking tour will provide participants the opportunity to learn about the Complete Streets features the City has introduced on several projects in Downtown Toronto and speak with staff involved in both policy and implementation on the following initiatives:

  • Toronto 360, the City’s new wayfinding program
  • The recently launched Yonge Street Revitalization Project, focused on Toronto’s most iconic street from Queen Street to Gerrard Street
  • New lanewidths and geometric intersection guidelines to reconfigure the existing road allowance to improve walking and cycling, and road safety
  • Union Station redevelopment, including new material standards and traffic operations considerations
  • Tactile warning strips and the City’s approach to accessibility
  • The City’s coordinated street furniture program, which currently includes 17,000 items
  • The Yonge-Dundas Pedestrian Priority (Scramble) Crossing
  • The Gould Street Pedestrian Zone at Ryerson University
  • The Richmond Street/Adelaide Street Cycle Tracks
  • The Piliriqatigiingniq Mural Project + Outside the Box on traffic signal boxes
  • Forthcoming café guidelines and their impact on city streets (including parklets)
  • Berczy Park and Scott Street revitalization involving significant road alterations
  • Market Street, Toronto’s first flexible street

Please wear comfortable shoes and make sure to bring water and sun protection. The tour will be on flat city pavements and cover between 5-6 km (3.1-3.7 mi) on foot.

 

Tour of the City of Toronto Operations Centre, Wednesday, August 2, 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Developed in Collaboration with the Transportation Research Board Traffic Signal Systems Committee
Fee: USD$25
Professional Development Credits: 1.5 PDH (PTOE/PTP)

The City’s Traffic Management Centre (TMC) is responsible for managing traffic on Toronto’s road network that consists of 40 km (25 mi) of expressways and more than 5,600 km (3,480 mi) of roads. The TMC is also responsible for managing approximately 2,300 traffic signals on the road network.

To mitigate traffic congestion on the transportation network, the TMC conducts the following functions: maintenance of traffic signals, provides traveler information, and manages the Transportation Operations Centre (TOC). Tour participants will be treated to a behind–the–scenes tour of this facility and hear the history of its evolution, overview of the funding mechanisms, and future plans.

Please plan on bringing a transit fare card or funds to purchase one.  The Centre is a 45 minute subway/bus ride from the hotel.

 

Toronto by Bike—Toronto’s Downtown Bicycle Facilities, Wednesday, August 2, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: USD$60.00
Professional Development Credits: 2.0 PDH

Take a 20-km (12.4 mi) city adventure on Toronto’s evolving downtown bicycle network!

Starting at the conference hotel, tour members will ride together to explore a range of Toronto’s established and new bicycle facilities, including on-street bicycle lanes, boulevard cycle tracks, and multi-use trails. We will tour the newest pilot and cycle track projects, including the new Bloor Street bike lane pilot project, the Sherbourne Street cycle tracks, the Queens Quay complete streets and multi-use recreational trail, and the Richmond-Adelaide cycle track. We will also ride some of downtown’s established and popular bicycle facilities, including the Beverley/St. George Street bicycle lanes and the Harbourd Street bicycle lanes. The tour will take us past some of downtown Toronto’s iconic districts, including the entertainment district, the waterfront, the University of Toronto, and the Annex.

The route is flat and will mostly take us on dedicated bicycle lanes. Downtown Toronto streets are busy, however, so comfort with urban bicycle riding is recommended. Helmets will be provided. Please make sure to bring extra water and sun protection.