Intercity Travel Conference

Transport Futures - Intercity Travel Conference

Transport Futures is proud to announce that our 20th learning event will focus on Ontario's intercity rail and bus service and whether they can compete with car and air travel. Taking place in Toronto on November 27, this conference is timely for many reasons:
  • the federal and provincial governments GO Transit, VIA Rail, Greyhound Bus are respectively investing $8.3 billion and $64.6 billion in Ontario’s transit infrastructure over 13 years;
  • depending on the outcome of a $15 million Environmental Assessment, Ontario might spend an additional $21 billion on high speed rail service in the Toronto-Windsor corridor;
  • in 2015, the Ministry of Transportation began consultations on how to modernize Ontario's 30-year old intercity bus industry regulations but, to date, no decisions have been made; and,
  • only a small percentage of the $32.3 billion the province plans to spend on roads will be invested in facilities that collect tolls from drivers, while train and bus customers will continue to pay a fare for their trips.

With a provincial election taking place in June 2018, the time to have a meaningful conversation about intercity travel is now. As detailed in our interactive agenda, the conference will feature Canadian and international experts discussing rail and bus systems from several perspectives: history and culture; planning and infrastructure; technology and interoperability; mobility hubs and first/last mile options; customer service and demand; modal competition and safety; finance and funding; risk and delivery; governance and politics. We'll explore how multiple rail and bus services can co-exist efficiently, fulfil different functions, build a cohesive transportation network and make effective use of limited tax dollars. 

To achieve these intercity travel objectives, Transport Futures has invited 13 speakers to share their experience and insights:

  • Hon. David Collenette, Special Advisor for Ontario High Speed Rail and former federal Minister of Transport
  • Peter Crockett, Chief Administrative Officer, Oxford County
  • Corina MoorePresident and CEO, Ontario Northland Transportation Commission
  • Carsten Puls, President, Deutsche Bahn Engineering and Consulting
  • Doug Switzer, President and CEO, Ontario Motor Coach Association and Motor Coach Canada
  • Derrick Toigo, Executive Vice-President, Civil - Roads & Transit, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Paul Nimigon, Vice President - Rail and Transit Division, WSP Canada Group
  • Tim Hoeffner, Director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Jim Richards, Director, Head of Advisory, Steer Davies Gleave
  • Michael Schabas, Partner, First Class Partnerships
  • Mark Platteel, General Counsel, ACS Infrastructure Canada
  • Murtaza Haider, Associate Professor, Ryerson University
  • Paul Langan, Founder, High Speed Rail Canada
Along with great food to keep you energized all day, our packed agenda provides you with ample time to ask questions and network with 100 delegates. Be sure to register today as seating is limited! 

Who should attend the Intercity Travel Conference?

Elected officials, political candidates and those representing government, business, academia and NGOs should attend the Conference, especially those working in transportation policy/planning/engineering, bus and rail industry, transit, goods movement, energy, climate change, infrastructure, asset management, law, health, insurance, social justice, business/trade, finance/economics/taxation, education, social marketing, politics and/or sustainability. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Toronto on November 27!