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Lethbridge Branch Lunch 'n Learn: Parking Meter Replacement Project & Traffic Signal Operations in Lethbridge

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Register by January 20, 2019

Many residents and engineers wonder why the City of Lethbridge is not using SMART technologies to make traffic signals smarter. Jinsong Qi, P.Eng., will introduce some “new” detection technologies in Lethbridge, such as 4-cameras video system, 4-radar system, single 360-dome camera, and thermal detectors. With these detectors’ inputs, what is the current standard (or better) practice to do signal timing using today’s “modern” signal controllers (brain) – the control logistics? Are there opportunities for improvements?

Jinsong will also explain why the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) in Canada and USA is promoting “modern roundabouts” as a viable alternative, which “can be better than traffic signals”. Some of us have experienced or heard about modern roundabouts being more efficient than traffic signals, but few know there are fewer severe injuries or fatal collisions, when compared to traffic signals.

There are over 1,526 metered parking stalls and approximately 396 unmetered/time restricted parking stalls in downtown Lethbridge.

Most of parking meters in Lethbridge have reached or exceeded their lifespan, and maintenance of the current parking meters continues to be a growing challenge. An upgrade of the system was needed to fulfill the changing needs of the users as well as to improve the efficiency of Parking Operations.

Walker Parking Consultants were retained to undertake a technical study and provide evaluation and recommendation with regard to the parking technology for Lethbridge. Also, a number of internal Technical Committee meetings, review meetings with external stake holders, and two public engagement sessions were undertaken as part of this project. Based on the results of the technical study and evaluation, as well asstakeholder and public inputs, a hybrid option consisting of Pay-by-Plate Multi-Space Machines (MSMs) with License Plate Recognition (LPR) enforcement and Single Space Smart Meters (SSSMs) at accessible parking spaces and isolated locations with foot patrol enforcement was recommended; installation is currently in progress. Newer payment methods – such as pay by credit card and pay by cell phone – are also planned to be implemented with this change. Dr, Ahmed Ali, P.Eng., will provide an overview of this process with particular emphasis on technology options and public and stakeholder engagement.

About the Presenters

Jinsong Qi, P.Eng., MASc., has been working as a Traffic Signal Engineer with the City of Lethbridge since 2008. Before moving to Lethbridge, Jinsong worked 8 years with the City of Santa Barbara, California, managing a mini-Traffic Management Center and was responsible for the operation of approximately 120 traffic signals as well as oversight of the city’s pavement markings and signs. He also had first-hand experience working on the first multi-lane modern roundabout since the year 2000 while in California. His earlier work with a consultant exposed him to signal safety and operations in numerous cities in BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Michigan.

Dr. Ahmed Ali, P.Eng., is currently the Transportation Engineering Manager at the City of Lethbridge. In this role, he manages transportation planning and city's traffic and parking operations. Ahmed is a professional engineer registered in Alberta, and the State of Maryland. He is also a professional traffic operations engineer. Prior to moving to Lethbridge in January 2009, Ahmed worked for Watt Consulting Group in Calgary and Parsons Brinckerhoff International in the Middle East.


Luigi's Steakhouse

1119 Mayor Magrath Dr. S

Lethbridge, Alberta


January 22, 2019


11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Registration: 11:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:45 a.m.

Presentation: 12:00 p.m.


Jinsong Qi, P.Eng.

Traffic Signal Engineer, City of Lethbridge

Ahmed Ali, P.Eng.
Transportation Engineering Manager,
City of Lethbridge



Registration Deadline

January 20, 2019

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