Researchers from the Waterloo Public Transportation Initiative (WPTI) have recently published in the Journal of Public Transportation. Professor Jeff Casello is the lead author of "A Transit Technology Selection Model", which explores how both cost and environmental inputs can be used to evaluate bus and rail rapid transit projects. The paper also includes a sensitivity analysis of the input variables and tests the model using the Region of Waterloo as a case study.
In late October, the Waterloo Public Transportation Initiative (WPTI) welcomed over 10 students from the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences for a week-long exchange. During the week, students collaborated to develop ideas and identify best practices for the ongoing Region of Waterloo Light Rail Transit project.
As part of the exchange, Holger Wagensommer, a senior engineer with VB Karlsruhe — the transit agency in Karlsruhe, Germany — provided a public lecture on the German best practices for light rail transit.
In early September, the Pembina Institute released Fast Cities, a report that compared the current state of rapid transit implementation and utilization for Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa. In conjunction with this work, WPTI conducted an analysis of rapid transit investments and ridership that compares Canadian transit systems to those in the United States and abroad.