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2020 Virtual Transportation Association of Canada Conference & Exhibition

September 21, 2020 -
October 08, 2020

Virtual Conference

Join us — virtually — for this year’s TAC Conference & Exhibition!

Our experts are presenting various topics throughout the three-week conference, including a fast-tracked emergency repair, innovative intersection treatments, an innovative modelling tool developed to forecast potential future transit ridership, the award-winning Lakeshore Connecting Communities project and more. Add their sessions to your schedule today! 

We are a proud Premier sponsor of this year's event.

HDR TAC Conference Sessions

You Want This Done by When?! Emergency Replacement of the Major MacKenzie Drive Culvert Over the West Don River

  • Tuesday, September 22 | 11 a.m. ET
  • Presenters: Michelle Li, Anthony Reitmeier, HDR

What does it take to design and deliver the emergency replacement of a large culvert crossing on one of the busiest arterial roads in York Region? This presentation will showcase this award-winning project and demonstrate how successful planning, construction coordination and public engagement were key factors to the success in meeting a very aggressive project delivery timeline.

Transforming Franklin Boulevard: Merging Multi-Modal Along a Roundabout Corridor

  • Tuesday, September 22 | 1 p.m. ET
  • Presenters: Will Hume, Ellen Simpson, HDR

Signals and signal priority as a requirement along a Bus Rapid Transit corridor to maintain headways and transit reliability is a misperception and the balance of modes sought by transportation professionals do not have to be comprised shortly after project kick-off. This presentation shows how BRT does not preclude using roundabouts to improve safety, connectivity and operations for all modes.

The DNA of Innovative Intersections

  • Thursday, September 24 | 3 p.m. ET
  • Presenter: Smith Siromaskul, HDR

Overview of innovative intersection treatments highlighting commonalities. Case studies of existing deployments. State of the practice of asymmetric and hybrid concepts and proposed next steps.

Beyond the Public Meeting: How to Engage Communities in 2020 

  • Tuesday, September 29 | 3 p.m. ET
  • Presenters: Tara Erwin, HDR

This presentation will showcase the award-winning Lakeshore Connecting Communities project and the extensive engagement that was undertaken as part of the study. This project is a great example of when innovative thinking, strong collaboration and comprehensive stakeholder engagement are combined the end result is a solution that works for the community and achieves the goals and objectives of the City.

Bridging the Gap Between Idea + Achievement

  • Thursday, October 1 | 1 p.m. ET
  • Presenters: Tara Erwin, Joseph Arcaro, HDR

At HDR, we're helping our clients push open the doors to what's possible, every day. Whether it is assessing the impact of connected and automated vehicles on our transportation network or implementing digital delivery through BIM infrastructure, we are constantly striving to grow and use our talent and knowledge to help transportation agencies to become future ready.

Embracing Uncertainty — Integrating Statistical Methods into Data-Limited Transportation Demand Forecasting

  • Tuesday, October 6 | 3 p.m. ET
  • Presenter: Kareem Kobeissi, HDR

This presentation provides an overview of a modelling tool that was developed to forecast potential future transit ridership for a restored rail service between Toronto and rural parts of the Province outside of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. To overcome data gaps and address uncertainty in future traveller behavior and perception, the tool incorporates statistical methods involving parameter simulation in order to develop likelihood distributions of ridership forecasts for various rail service concepts.

The Art of Making Trade-Offs Not Compromises: Designing Safe Complete Streets for All Users

  • Wednesday, October 7 | 3 p.m. ET
  • Presenters: Nico Malfara, HDR

This presentation will feature the award winning Lakeshore Connecting Communities project including the design challenges that were encountered and the innovative solutions that were adopted to overcome those challenges. Specific design questions will be explored such as: how should cyclists interact with transit riders at bus stops, where should bike boxes be located, and where is the optimal location of the separated bike lane in relation to vehicles and pedestrians?