Advanced Public Transit Systems TC

The Advanced Public Transit Systems Technical Committee has been created to share best practices and technical information, promote deployment of intelligent transit systems, encourage open interfaces and standards and explore innovative systems deployment to increase efficiency and improve productivity.  This new initiative is part of ITS Canada’s commitment to renew, improve and expand upon its range of member services. Committee members will have an opportunity to be actively involved in the priority setting and steering of ITS Canada's activities within this area. Transit Service provider and private sector representatives interested in learning about or sharing information on related technologies and industry trends, shaping ITS Canada educational programs, and playing a role in related policy advocacy, are encouraged to contact janneke[at] if they wish to join. The Chair of the Committee is Mr. Brendon Hemily and he can be reached at


October 18 2022 WEBINAR

"Innovative Bus Operations-Related ITS Technologies at YRT to Enhance Safety, Operational Performance and Customer Comfort": RECORDING

Igor Zaslavsky, Manager, Transit Management Systems AT York Region was the presenter.

York Region Transit (YRT) is a leader in the deployment of advanced transit technologies in Canada. The audience learned about two innovative bus operations-related ITS technologies, namely the Driver Support System (DSS), and the Collision Avoidance & Pedestrian Warning System. The DSS is an on-board computer that records key operational and safety data elements every second, creating a trip log that is associated to the operator, trip, and scheduling information. It provides feedback to the operator and supports operator training to enhance safety, operations and customer comfort. The Collision Avoidance & Pedestrian Warning System features pedestrian detection along the side of the bus, head-on collision monitoring, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warnings, and speed alerts, communicated through visual alerts and audible messages. The system was installed on twelve new electric buses as a measure to prevent accidents that may be related the buses’ quieter operation.



This current practices paper examines the current state of APTS in Canada and the potential it offers to improve the design, operation, and delivery of public transportation services. It explores emerging technologies, data-driven decision making, recharge scheduling of zeroemission vehicles, sophisticated on-demand microtransit initiatives, contactless ticketing, and instant vehicle performance monitoring. 



May 2022 - Scoping Paper on Transit System Innovation and Research Efforts

The objective of this scoping paper is to highlight some of the varied efforts that transit system leaders have initiated, or been involved in, to support innovation and R&D in their organizations. These include:

  • Innovation Initiatives and Programs Developed by Transit Systems • LA Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation
    1. Chief Innovation Officers in Transit Systems
    2. TransLink Tomorrow
    3. New York MTA Transit Innovation Partnership and Transit Tech Lab
    4. WMATA Academic Research Partnership
  • Transit System Participation in R&D Collaboration Programs
    1. MIT Transit Lab
    2. University of Toronto Transit Analytics Lab
    3. CUTRIC
    4. Chicago City Tech Collaborative


Related web resources are provided where available. The scoping paper also discusses the U.S. Federal Transit Administration’s COVID Transit R&D Awards.


Briefing Paper on Resources Related to Transit and Multimodal Data and/or Standards

This briefing paper provides an inventory of resources on the following topics:

  • GTFS, Demand-Responsive Transit, and Transit ITS Standards 
  • References Concerning Transit ITS Data 
  • Data-Sharing with Shared-Use Mode Partners 
  • Multimodal Data Standards (with the Prime Focus on Micromobility)