Transportation Impact Study (TIS) Assessment Program (Virtual Only)

11/09/2023 - 23/10/2023
8:45 am - 12:00 pm

This ten-module program will take place over six dates in September and October.

The overall course objective is to deepen participants’ existing understanding of TIS and further their knowledge in advanced areas of TIS and enable them to apply and integrate this knowledge into their own work.

Program dates begin at 8:45 a.m. and run as half day sessions.

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Session time – 8:45 a.m. to noon with a 15 minute mid-morning break.

Module and title Presenters Duration Dates
Module 1:
Introduction to TIS
Introduction and case studies
Mehemed Delibasic
Sabbir Saiyed
Kelsey Waugh
Jillian Britto
2.5 hrs Sept 11
Module 2:
Advanced Synchro Model Calibration
This session discusses topics related to the completing traffic analysis in Synchro with a focus on the presenting and explaining key parameters and their impact on the results. The presentation focuses on three aspects: vehicle flow and volume adjustments, role of signal timings and parameter settings, and an overview of Synchro results that are commonly relied on. The presentation will show how these items are related to the on-street conditions and how they can be adjusted in Synchro. Information related to the outputs and how they can be used will also be presented.Module 3:
Introduction to to ARCADY
This session will introduce ARCADY, a program originating in the United Kingdom and used worldwide for the capacity analysis of roundabouts. It will provide some background on the research behind the development of ARCADY and the geometric parameters it relies upon as inputs, and provide a brief overview of the program itself and its features.Introduction to Micro-simulation Modelling Software (Vissim and Aimsun)
The application of micro-simulation software in transportation planning and traffic engineering are beyond typical intersection assessment to find out delays, level of service and queuing. Typically, we have been observing the congestion in urban facilities extend to upstream intersections and therefore, the delays derived from Synchro, Arcady software are underestimated. Therefore, the application of micro-simulation tools is essential to conduct a ‘system-wide’ transportation assessment for various types of transportation facilities within a single platform.  For example, these tools allow us to analyze the operational issues of freeways, interchange ramp terminals, roundabouts, urban corridors with HOV and Transit lanes, etc.  These tools also allow conducting different levels of analyses such as macro, meso and micro-simulation analysis for regional, area-level and local intersection assessment, respectively.  The application of these software is used to assess various ‘what-if’ scenarios such as lane closure during construction, assess benefits with various transportation network improvements such as with HOV lanes/roundabouts, and also visualize operational benefits with simulation to the public and stakeholders.
Jordan Hart-Bishop
Phil Weber
Keyur Shah
3.5 hrs Sept 18
Module 4:
Existing and Future Conditions

Module 5:
Four Step Model (Trip Generation / Distribution / Mode Split / Assignment)
Kassel Prince 2.5 hrs Oct 3
Module 6:
Overview of the OTC’s 2022 Multimodal Level of Service Guideline
Multi-modal Level of Service (MMLOS) analysis is increasingly becoming a best practice in supporting the design of Complete Streets in Ontario and nationwide.  This presentation will provide a high-level overview of the new Multi-modal Level of Service (MMLOS) Guideline published by the Ontario Traffic Council in January 2022, in addition to potential opportunities and challenges of using the guideline.  The MMLOS Guideline builds upon traditional practice that focuses on automobile level of service only, and provides guidance for setting performance targets and measuring performance of different modes, including walking, cycling, transit, heavy vehicles and automobiles.Module 7:
Transportation Demand Management (TDM): Overview, Process and Strategies
As the Province of Ontario continues to grow and accommodate new people and jobs, much of this growth is being directed to intensification areas. To ensure that this growth is sustainable, it is imperative that demand for single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) trips be managed effectively through Travel Demand Management (TDM) measures implemented through site development. Practicing TDM and encouraging sustainable transportation are becoming pivotal objectives and important considerations, changing the way we assess transportation impacts and make recommendations. The purpose of this presentation will be to introduce TDM, why it is important, how it is practiced, and how to incorporate it into site development and TIS. The presentation will also cover policies and procedures that are being developed and applied in the City of Vaughan.
Muna Awatta
Paul Grove
3 hrs Oct 10
Module 8:
Parking Considerations: Transportation Impact Studies contain a discussion regarding how the proposed development meets the zoning by-law requirements for parking supply or if it does not, a justification or rationale is required explaining why the proposed supply will be sufficient.  As development becomes more dense and the cost of parking increases, the desire for parking supply reductions has increased substantially. This module of the TIS program will provide an overview of zoning by-law and official plan policies related to parking, why parking supply reductions are sought, justification strategies and supporting analyses, case study examples as well as a question and answer session.
Module 9:
Traffic Safety and Warrant
Ralph Bond
Soroush Salek
3 hrs Oct 16
Module 10:
Site Plan Assessment
Chantal Wong
Kenneth Chan
3 hrs Oct 23

Register online

Registration fees:
Full program (modules 1-10)
OTC member – $579 +HST
Non-member – $879 +HST

Individual dates (Six options – see breakdown above)
OTC member – $109 +HST
Non-member – $169 +HST

Cancellation and refund policy –

Should a registrant decide to cancel attendance at an in-person or virtual event, training or symposium based on health concerns, unexpected travel issue or emergency, OTC will provide a credit to the registrant.

Rescheduling to another event is permissible and the registrant will be charged an administrative fee of $75. If the request is made five days in advance, no cost will be applied.

If a registrant wants to cancel attendance at an event (in-person or virtual) and requests a refund, the registration fee less 50% will be refunded.

Please note that from time-to-time additional consideration may be given based upon circumstance and situational need. However, the above policy will be strictly enforced as the policy governing our events, trainings and symposia in all circumstances.