ITE 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibt - Expanding our Horizons

Technical Tours

Walking Tour—A Story of Transformation, West Don Lands, The Distillery District
& Queens Quay, Tuesday, August 1, 9:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Fee: USD$25

This is a walking tour, combined with a ride on the iconic Toronto streetcar, to the newly transformed West Don Lands district just west of downtown Toronto. With work commencing in 2009, the West Don Lands have been redeveloped from former industrial lands into a sustainable, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly community. Serving as the Athletes Village during the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games, the West Don Lands incorporate a number of leading principles of sustainable urban design and incorporate a wide range of uses—including market and affordable housing units, employment and commercial space, an elementary school, child-care centres, a YMCA, a student residence, and parks and public spaces. Integral elements of the new West Don Lands, transportation network include Toronto’s first woonerfs, new complete streets, a new streetcar line, and walking and cycling facilities.

The walking tour will also take us through the iconic Distillery District—a National Historic Site and home to another vibrant, master-planned mixed-use community. First reopened in 2003, the Distillery District has undergone a transformation from the site of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery (once the largest distillery in Canada) to a premier hub of living, entertainment, employment, residences and the arts. We will stroll through the pedestrian-only interior streets of the district, and take in the innovative blend of Victorian industrial architecture and modern creativity.

On the return journey, we will stop by the revitalized Queens Quay, the main waterfront street of the city. Re-opened in 2015, Queens Quay has been transformed into a waterfront promenade designed along complete streets principles and incorporating dedicated streetcar tracks, pedestrian boulevards, a multi-use recreational trail, vehicle lanes and public spaces.

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


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

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.


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

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 over 5,600 km (3,480 mi) ofroads. 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.


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

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 water and sun protection.

These technical tours require a separate fee.