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Students showcase transit solutions, April 14

The transportation engineers of the future will strut their stuff and present ideas to improve transit service in Toronto next week.

On Monday, April 14, the University of Toronto’s Division of Engineering Science is hosting its 2008 design showcase of student proposals to solve local engineering challenges.

This year, the students applied their expertise to local challenges related to the TTC.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Bahen Centre for Information Technology at 40 St. George Street, where student teams will present posters and prototypes of their final design concepts.

First-year students spent the first half of their course identifying and researching issues of usability, accessibility and sustainability on the TTC. Their work resulted in a set of 84 requests for proposals (RFPs), describing design challenges that their peers could solve. The students then selected the top six of these RFPs as the design challenges to solve during the second half of the course.

The students identified challenges ranging from improving safety and comfort — both above and below the ground — to understanding better who uses the TTC and improving real-time communication with TTC passengers.

You can find more information on the event, the RFPs and the display schedule here.