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Post Summit Technical Tours

Registration for the technical visits is now closed!

HOSTS OF THE TOUR


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Theme / Venue

Nb of participants

Start Date / Time & Place

End Date / Time & Place

1 LAVAL: Presentation of the Société de transport de Laval’s system of preferential measures for buses From 10 to 40 Thu. 18 May
 at 9:00 a.m.
 in Montréal Thu. 18 May at 2:00 p.m. in Montréal
2 LONGUEUIL: Transition from the BRT to the LRT – Champlain Bridge From 10 to 40 Thu. 18 May 
at 3:30 p.m.
in Montréal Thu. 18 May at 7:00 p.m. in Montréal
3 GATINEAU-OTTAWA: A mix of technical visits and sightseeing tour including the Rapibus corridor, a bus rapid transit (BRT) service unique to Quebec, the new Transit Centre operated by the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO), the Alstom Citadis Spirit light rail vehicle (LRV) assembly plant and a scenic cruise on the Ottawa River From 15 to 40 Thu. 18 May
 at 8:00 a.m. 
in Montréal Fri. 19 May 
at 4:15 p.m. 
in Gatineau

To register or obtain more details, please email: Post-Tour-Uitp@atuq.com

IMPORTANT:
  • Post-summit tours are a free and exclusive service for registered attendees of the Global Public Transport Summit.
  • Registration will take place on a first come / first served basis.
  • Registration will be effective only after reception of a formal confirmation message from the host of the visit.
  • The organizers reserve the right to amend the programme without notice or cancel a tour if the minimum number of participants is not reached).

Tour 1: LAVAL

Presentation of the Société de transport de Laval’s system of preferential measures for buses 

mpb_montage bus_electrique

An opportunity to discover how the system of preferential measures for buses is used to adjust the priority given to a vehicle based on delays and passenger loads. In Laval, 90% of traffic lights are equipped with this system. At the end of this visit, participants will travel by metro from Laval to Montreal.

Description of the visit

Participants will travel to Laval in the first 12-metre electric b us operated in North America. Along the way, we will explore the performance of this vehicle and explain the STL’s determination to boldly push forward with the electrification of its network. Upon arriving at the STL, there will be a presentation onboard one of the buses, of all the equipment installed (GPS, on-board computers, driver-side console, displays for clients, passenger counting systems, etc.).

Next, there will be a visit of the Operations Centre, where all the buses are monitored in real time, in order to track schedule adherence and passenger load.  This will be followed by a presentation consisting of four phases:

  • Presentation of a pilot project giving priority to buses at traffic lights in 2013-2014;
  • Presentation of a project aimed at equipping 311 buses with systems allowing them to communicate with 227 traffic lights configured to assign priority to buses that are late most of the time;
  • Presentation of the measures, equipment and software put in place in order to ensure monitoring of the system’s performance and of the proper functioning of the equipment.
  • Presentation of the service planning integrated data warehouse.

Since the beginning of 2016, the STL has deployed an ambitious system of preferential measures for buses (reserved lanes, smart traffic lights, etc.). The system is used to give preference to buses that experience greater delays compared to others and to those which have a greater passenger load.

Société de Transport de Laval: www.stl.laval.qc.ca/

   

Thursday, May 18, 2017

 

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Transportation from Montréal to the offices of the Société de transport de Laval (STL).
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Presentation of the STL’s system of preferential measures for buses.
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tour of the Operations centre with real-time monitoring.
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Presentation of the pilot project giving priority to traffic lights.
10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Presentation of the 2016 project (227 traffic lights and more than 300 buses).
11:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Monitoring systems and performance metrics.
11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Planning data warehouse – Big data processing
11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meal at the STL’s site.
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Transportation from the STL’s offices to the Montmorency metro station, situated at the crossroads of several Montreal neighbourhoods.
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Travel by metro to the Palais des congrès in Montréal.

Tour 2 - LONGUEUIL

Transition from the BRT to the LRT – Champlain Bridge

voie-reserve_pont-5 vr-5

The Champlain Bridge’s reserved lane is a critical public transit corridor. In the course of this activity, users will learn to appreciate the importance of this public transportation artery, while gaining an understanding of the reserved lane’s operational complexity, and they will also visit three terminals.

Description of the visit

The Champlain Bridge’s reserved lane is a critical public transit corridor for the Greater Montreal area. Introduced as a temporary measure in 1978, it now allows close to 400 buses and over 20,000 users during morning and evening rush hours to access downtown Montreal from the urban agglomeration of Longueuil and to return home in a timely and secure manner. Over the years, continual infrastructure improvements and the increasing popularity of the services offered have transformed this public transportation corridor into an actual BRT system.

Today, given the high volume of passenger trips within the corridor, daily operations represent significant challenges, especially in view of the transformation taking place in the surrounding cities and neighbourhoods. Over the next few years, if all the conditions for success are met, this public transit corridor will be integrated into a new electrified light rail system or LRT, which will include more than 24 stations over a distance of 67 km and which will offer service 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. This integrated network will be the third largest automated transportation network in the world, after Dubai and Vancouver. We are therefore on the threshold of some major public transportation changes in the greater Montreal region.

As one of the main users of this reserved lane, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) has been delegated by the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) to ensure its management.

Réseau de transport de Longueuil: www.rtl-longueuil.qc.ca
Agence métropolitaine de transport: www.amt.qc.ca/en

Thursday, May 18, 2017 

 

3:30 p.m. Departure on foot from the Palais des congrès towards the terminals. A distance of approximately 1 km.

Welcome and presentation of the RTL and of the AMT

Tour of the Downtown terminal

Tour of the Mansfield terminal

A short bus ride along the Champlain Bridge’s reserved lane followed by a visit of the site in question.

Tour of the Panama terminal

Question period and exchange of ideas

6:30 p.m. Return trip to Montreal (by bus or metro)

Tour 3: OTTAWA-GATINEAU

A mix of technical visits and sightseeing tour including the Rapibus corridor, a bus rapid transit (BRT) service unique to Quebec, the new Transit Centre operated by the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO), the Alstom Citadis Spirit electric light rail vehicle (LRV) assembly plant and a scenic cruise on the Ottawa River

captial-cruises Assembly line, Ottawa Project, Alstom, Hornell, NY, USA. Feb. 4-5, 2016

Welcome to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital! 2017 is definitely the year to visit the National Capital Region as Canada will be celebrating – all year long – 150 years as a nation! www.ottawa2017.ca

The tour will include the following visits and activities:

Welcome to Alstom’s assembly area for the Citadis Spirit electric light rail vehicle (LRV). As per a 2013 contract signed with Rideau Transit Group to supply LRVs for operation on Ottawa’s O-Train Confederation Line, this project marks the entry into the North American market of Alstom’s world-renowned Citadis vehicle. Tour courtesy of Alstom www.alstom.com

Along with Capital Cruises, enjoy a scenic and historic sightseeing tour on the Ottawa River, courtesy of Alstom. Capture unique and spectacular views of some of Gatineau and Ottawa’s attractions such as the Parliament Buildings, the Canadian Museum of History, Rideau Falls, and the Prime Minister’s residence. Live commentary in English and French. Audio guide available in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin. www.capitalcruises.ca

Visit the Rapibus Corridor – a unique system in Quebec operated by the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO). This bus rapid transit (BRT) is a two-way corridor built along an existing railway right-of-way. Measuring more than 12 km long, this corridor is reserved exclusively for buses, features 10 stations with numerous amenities, incentive parking lots (park-and-rides) and a 10.7 km bicycle path! Amongst the many advantages: high-frequency routes, higher capacity, quieter and cleaner articulated buses. Transportation and tour courtesy of STO http://bit.ly/RapibusCorridor

Visit the STO’s brand-new Transit Centre. When the main garage exceeded its capacity, building a new transit centre in the City of Gatineau’s east end became a priority to ensure performance, to deliver quality service every day and to ensure growth to the organization. The 290,000 square feet Transit Centre features many highlights such as a built that meets LEED criteria, complete LED lighting, a vacuum fare collection system and a location with no impact on the natural environment which encourages the use of brownfield areas. This new space can accommodate up to 192 standard buses or up to 128 articulated buses. Transportation and tour courtesy of STO http://bit.ly/STOTransitCentre

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017 

 

8:00 a.m.  Departure from Montréal Transportation courtesy of Alstom
10:30 a.m.  Visit of Alstom’s assembly area for the Citadis Spirit electric light rail vehicle (LRV).
1:00 pm Buffet-style lunch, courtesy of Alstom
2:30 pm Along with Capital Cruises, enjoy a scenic and historic sightseeing tour on the Ottawa River. Courtesy of Alstom
4:30 pm After the boat cruise, transfer to your accommodation, transportation courtesy of STO
Evening Enjoy some free time at a stunning 5-star hotel, the Hilton Lac-Leamy! Surrounded by water (Leamy and Carrière lakes), cycling and hiking paths, this venue offers an impressive view of Canada’s Parliament buildings and is adjacent to the Casino du Lac-Leamy, Gatineau (at the expense of participants)
http://casinos.lotoquebec.com/fr/lacleamy/sejourner/hotel-hilton
www.outaouaistourism.com

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
Before 9.00 am Breakfast at the hotel (at the expense of participants)
9:30 a.m.  Visit the BRT Rapibus Corridor – a unique system in Quebec operated by the STO.
Noon Lunch courtesy of STO
1:30 pm Visit the STO’s brand-new Transit Centre.
4:15 pm Return to the hotel and check-out. Departure to Ottawa International Airport or back to Montréal by train (transfer to the airport or back to Montreal at the expense of participants).

Option 1: Ottawa International Airport (YOW)
*Approximately 25 minutes from downtown Gatineau-Ottawa
https://yow.ca/en

Option 2: Via Rail Canada connecting you in Dorval to the International Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) in Montréal

Ottawa station: 200 Tremblay Road, Ottawa (the train station is located 15 min. from downtown Ottawa-Gatineau).
www.viarail.ca
www.admtl.com/en

 The proposed tour includes:
  • Transfer from Montréal to Ottawa and local transportation
  • All facility tours
  • Lunch on Thursday, May 18th and Friday, May 19th
  • The scenic tour aboard Capital Cruises

The proposed tour does NOT include:

  • Accommodation costs of participants in the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau on Thursday, May 18th
  • Dinner on Thursday, May 18th
  • Any refreshments purchased by the participants on the Empress of Ottawa vessel during the historic sightseeing tour
  • Any transfers within Gatineau-Ottawa that are not provided, e.g. taxi to Ottawa International Airport for those participants returning home to their country of origin after the post-summit tour
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