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Dr. Josipa G. Petrunić

Canadian transit systems boast a long history of supporting disruptive cutting-edge technologies. From instituting the first electric streetcars in North America (Windsor) to testing the first wind-powered light rail system (Calgary), Canadian transit authorities have led the way in defining, developing, and integrating next generation technologies that make public transit systems faster, smarter, and more efficient.

In 2014, the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) articulated the need for a revivified national research, development, and innovation strategy for transit. The result is the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) / Consortium de recherche et d’innovation en transport urbain au Canada (CRITUC).

My role is to forge a national consortium led by industry, academic, and transit organizations across Canada whose interest it is to reduce emissions, improve performance, speed up routes, connect riders, ensure safety, and otherwise advance Canada's transportation system through advanced R&D projects co-financed by public agencies.

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