#THISisITS Technical Tours 2017-10-02T15:35:33+00:00

#THISisITS Technical Tours

As part of ITS World Congress 2017, a number of Technical Tours featuring local transportation facilities and/or projects are available to registered event attendees. Prices vary and space is first come, first served. Tours can be chosen during the online registration process or on site. For Tours chosen during online registration, tickets will be provided during event check-in. For all tours, please meet at the Demonstrations and Technical Tours Desk 15 minutes prior to departure time with your ticket. Walking Tours will depart from this location. For Tours requiring transportation, attendees will be escorted to official event vehicles.

IMPORTANT: Technical Tours are subject to change at any time. Some descriptions below have been edited to fit available print space. For the most up-to-date information and schedule, please download the ITS World Congress 2017 mobile app, visit the official event website, and/or visit the on-site Demonstrations and Technical Tours Desk. To cancel a reservation, please visit the Demonstrations and Technical Tours Desk. All times are offered in 24-hour format.

Tour #1: Transports Québec Greater Montréal Traffic Management Center

Photo Source: CIGC

Photo Source: CIGC

Transports Québec Greater Montréal Traffic Management Center (CIGC-M) monitors traffic on provincial roads across the Province of Quebec. It is also the main service site for the Ville-Marie Tunnel, an underground highway interchange. The Center is situated within the Tunnel’s ventilation tower, adjacent to a major strategic east-west road axis providing rapid access to downtown Montréal.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • observe all traffic monitoring and control activities at the CIGC-M
  • visit the ITS and tunnel control room
  • visit various underground tunnels
  • visit various tunnel mechanical and electrical control rooms

Tour Dates/Times

Tuesday, October 31 09:30 – 11:30, 13:30 – 15:30
Wednesday, November 1 09:30 – 11:30, 13:30 – 15:30

Tour #2: City of Montréal’s Urban Mobility Management Center

Source: City of Montreal

Source: TVA nouvelles

To ensure the interoperability of its pre-emption systems, the City of Montréal has chosen to centrally manage traffic signal prioritization for the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) buses, meaning transit signal priority is managed by Montréal’s Urban Mobility Management Center (UMMC) rather than by the traffic signal controller located at the intersection. This method allows different transit authorities in the metropolitan area, as well as emergency services, to benefit from the signal priority system while ensuring sound management of traffic.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • observe a major boulevard in Montréal equipped with this centralized system of traffic signal prioritization for buses, including a detailed explanation of the interaction between the equipment aboard buses and at the UMMC
  • visit the UMMC that monitors mobility and provides road network incident management

Tour Dates/Times

Tuesday, October 31 09:30 – 12:30
Wednesday, November 1 09:30 – 12:30

Tour # 3: Société de transport de Montréal’s iBus Operations Center

Source: STM

Source: Radio-Canada

Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has established a state-of-the-art Operations Center (COP) for its bus network. The Center was created as part of rolling out iBUS, a vehicle scheduling and passenger information system. The system locates all buses in operation in real time to provide an enhanced experience for transit users with arrival times at specific bus stops. Customers can also see and hear the names of coming stops inside the bus. Of benefit to all passengers, the arrival times of coming buses are displayed on 90 information terminals located at the busiest stops as well as on the Internet and through smartphone apps.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • examine the Center’s organizational structure, including roles and areas of expertise of teams
  • explore the equipment, including the vehicle scheduling and passenger information system as well as the new radio infrastructure for the entire fleet of vehicles
  • view STM’s state-of-the-art tools for regulating bus service

Tour Dates/Times

Tuesday, October 31 09:30 – 11:30
Wednesday, November 1 09:30 – 11:30

Tour # 4: Société de transport de Montréal’s Metro Control Center and Operating Systems

Source: STM

With its modern Control Center and operating systems, the Société de transport de Montréal’s (STM) is able to ensure the integrated management of operational data, providing passengers travelling to and from the network’s 68 stations with reliable, safe, and efficient metro train service on all four lines. Its operating systems – a veritable nerve center – manages train schedules, all radio and video data, and public address system for stations as well as data from monitoring escalators and tunnel ventilators.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • experience a first-hand look at the Center’s modern, efficient, and upgradeable facilities
  • observe the synergy between specialists who oversee the smooth flow of operations 24 hours a day
  • observe images captured for analysis by 2,000 surveillance cameras deployed throughout the system
  • follow train movements on an impressive optical display unit.

Tour Date(s)/Time(s)

Wednesday, November 1 09:30 – 11:30

Tour #5: Commuter Rail Operations Control Center

Source: AMT

Source: AMT

Commuter Rail Operations in the Montréal Metropolitan area use ITS to improve service information, coordination, and processes. These systems are required to improve intermodal coordination, in particular at terminals and train stations. By integrating information, these systems streamline service planning and allow for service adjustments in real time.

Current and future projects include:

  • an integrated operation assistance and commuter information system
  • a train and bus tracking systems
  • a video surveillance network of over 600 CCTV cameras
  • a centralized information hub to ensure efficient decision making and timely action plans are put in place

This tour will allow participants to:

  • view the commuter rail Operations Control Center (COS)
  • be briefed on how the Center operates as well as the various systems implemented in the Center

Tour Dates/Times

Tuesday, October 31 09:30 – 11:00
Wednesday, November 1 09:30 – 11:00
Thursday, November 2 09:30 – 11:00

Tour #6: Laval Transit Corp. Bus Preferential Measures

Source: STL

Source: STL

Since the beginning of 2016, the Laval Transit Corp (STL) has deployed an ambitious system of preferential measures for buses (reserved lanes, smart traffic signals, etc.). The system is designed to give priority to buses that experience greater delays as compared to others and to those that have a greater passenger load.

Tour participants will travel to Laval in the first 12-metre electric bus operated in North America and will hear an explanation of the performance of the vehicle, which is evidence of the STL’s determination to boldly push forward with the electrification of its network.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • receive a presentation of the onboard equipment, including GPS tracking, on-board computers, driver-side console, digital displays, passenger counting systems, etc.
  • visit the Operations Center, where buses are monitored in real time to track schedule adherence and passenger load
  • experience a four-part presentation consisting of the 2013-14 Transit Signal Priority Pilot Project, a project aimed at equipping 311 buses with systems allowing them to communicate with 227 traffic signals configured for assignment of priority to buses that have a tendency to be late; an explanation of measures, equipment, and software deployed to ensure monitoring of system performance and equipment operation; and details of the service planning integrated data warehouse

Tour Date(s)/Time(s)

Thursday, November 2 09:00 – 13:45

Tour #7: PMG’s Motor Vehicle Test and Research Center  (Download Brochure)

Source: Groupe Geyser

Source: PMG

PMG Technologies has been operating Transport Canada’s Motor Vehicle Test and Research Center (MVTC) for the past 20 years. They are an active participant in national and international research working groups and have developed a vast array of test methods to evaluate the performance, efficiency, and autonomy of eco-energetic, electric, and autonomous vehicles.

The MVTC has more than $1.5 million of equipment and 25 km of test tracks and environmental chambers as well as an indoor crash lab to perform a wide variety of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) testing performed by specialized engineers and technicians with years of experience in the testing domain.

The MVTC is the only test facility of its kind in Canada and the most state-of-the-art facility in North America. The MVTC was named Crash Test Facility of the Year by Automotive Testing Technology International in 2012. The establishment of an on-site center dedicated to the test and research of intelligent, connected, and autonomous vehicles is currently being planned.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • receive a briefing on the Center
  • tour the entire facility, including the crash test facilities and test tracks

Tour Date(s)/Time(s)

Thursday, November 2 09:00 – 12:30

Tour #8: New Champlain Bridge Construction Project

Source: Signature on the Saint Lawrence

Source: Signature on the Saint Lawrence

One of North America’s biggest worksites, the New Champlain Bridge will change the urban look of Montréal and become a new symbol for the metropolis. This is one of North America’s busiest spans, with 50 million cars, buses, and trucks crossing it each year. In addition to being used by residents of the metropolitan region for their everyday commute, the crossing is part of a vital overland link for freight transportation between Canada and the United States.

The New Champlain Bridge Construction Project, slated to be completed by December 2018, includes

  • construction of the new 3.4 km Champlain Bridge
  • a new 470 m bridge for L’Île-des-Sœurs
  • the widening of Highway 15 between the Atwater interchange and the new bridge
  • the improvement of the ramps leading from Highways 132 and 10 on the South Shore to the bridge.

It is critical that traffic be maintained during this massive multi-year project and ITS are integral to achieving this goal.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • observe the intelligent transportation system used during the infrastructure’s construction and understand those that will be put in place permanently
  • receive an overview of the vast worksite

Tour Date(s)/Time(s)

Thursday, November 2 08:30 – 12:00

Tour # 9 Turcot Interchange Reconstruction Project

Source: Air Photo Max

Source: Air Photo Max

The Turcot Reconstruction Project is, at the moment, the most important road worksite in the Province of Québec. It includes the reconstruction of Angrignon, De La Vérendrye and Montréal-West interchanges, and the adjacent sections of the highways 15, 20 and 720. The Turcot Interchange experiences upwards of 300,000 vehicles daily.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • understand the ITS used during the reconstruction, such as solar-powered Bluetooth detection technology and software that monitors traffic, as well as those that will be put in place permanently
  • receive an overview of the vast worksite in addition to viewing one of the Bluetooth detection stations

Tour Date(s)/Time(s)

Thursday, November 2 09:30 – 12:30

Tour #10: Port of Montréal – Harbour Trucking Management Initiatives

Source: Port of Montreal

Source: www.joc.com

The Port of Montréal is the second largest port in Canada and fifth busiest container port on North America’s eastern seaboard. It handled 1.5 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) in 2016 and 35.4 million tons of cargo. The Port handles approximately 2,500 trucks daily in an urban environment facing increasing road congestion pressures.

In an effort to decrease the environmental footprint and maintain a competitive level of cargo fluidity, the Port recently launched its new trucking PORTal (www.portmtltrucks.com), a web and mobile application allowing truckers and dispatchers to obtain real-time information of truck turn times. The application aims to assist trucking fleets in optimizing routings and transaction schedules. Data behind the application will also be used to set greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. Data is captured through a variety of technologies (RFID, license plate readers, Bluetooth, etc.) and relayed through ITS tools and mobile devices.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • focus on ITS applications in the field of harbor trucking
  • explore a majority of the Port’s facilities, with a focus on demonstrating access control points, truck transaction processes and data capture

Tour Dates/Times

Tuesday, October 31 09:30 – 12:00
Thursday, November 2 09:30 – 12:00

Tour #11: Port of Montréal – Electronic Navigation Initiatives

Source: Port of Montreal

Source: Port of Montreal

The Port of Montréal is the second largest port in Canada, but – contrary to its competitors of the North American Atlantic east coast – it is located inland, some 1,600 km upstream on the St. Lawrence River. Its geographic position brings advantages as well as challenges, one of the latter being the necessity for ships to sail all year on a complex body of water.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • visit the Port’s Operations Control Center for an introduction to a wide variety of tools provided by different factions working collaboratively to support ship officers and their crews in planning their voyage, allowing for a safe and effective transit
  • understand the involvement and focus of the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Portal (CCMP), Automated Identification System (AIS), Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC) and St. Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO)

Tour Date(s)/Time(s)

Wednesday, November 1 09:30 – 12:00

Tour #12: BIXI Montréal – Welcome to the Epicentre of Bike Sharing

Source: BIXI Montréal

Source: BIXI Montréal

The first bike sharing network in North America was launched in 2009. With its striking design and charming simplicity, BIXI bikes quickly gained a following that today numbers more than a quarter-of-a-million unique users.

In 2008, before the launch, BIXI was ranked 19th among inventions of the year by Time magazine. It won Gold for Best Product of 2009 in the Energy and Sustainable Development category at the Edison Best New Product Awards and Bronze at the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in the Transportation category while the OPUS transit card pilot project won the international Calypso Award 2016 for Best Innovation.

BIXI bike sharing and its logistical systems have continued to expand and optimize its operations in line with continued growth in users.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • visit to the BIXI Montréal offices, observing how departments are organized along operational lines:  repair, customer service, distribution and other key moving parts
  • get a firsthand look at the workings of the system in the field…and even get to take a test ride

Tour Date(s)/Time(s)

Thursday, November 2 09:30 – 12:30

Tour #13: A25 Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) System

Source: Courrier Laval

Source: La Presse

The A25 connects the island of Montréal and the North-East suburbs. It is a 7.2 km stretch of highway that includes a toll bridge, connecting the A25/A40 interchange, located on the Island of Montréal, to the Highway A25/A440 interchange in Laval. Tolls are collected by CA25 on behalf of the ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports (MTMDET), by means of an Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) System without any toll plazas.

Concession A25 L.P. (CA25) is the private partner of a public-private partnership with Quebec’s Ministry of Transport (MTMDET) to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the A25.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • understand the life cycle of a trip on the bridge (from detection and identification of the vehicle) up to the transaction and collection process
  • visit the facility’s back-office and image review area along with road monitoring and road maintenance facilities

Tour Dates/Times

November 2, 2017 09:30 – 11:15 AM
November 2, 2017 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM