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McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics

Moving Canada and the World Toward Transportation Behaviours that are Measurably More Sustainable - - Socially, Environmentally and Economically


Click here to enter MITL's research site on the "Social Costs and Benefits of Electric Mobility in Canada "

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MITL Research Projects

We carry out research for both the public and private sectors. Here are several examples of current and completed research projects.

Truck Freight Generators and Attractors in the Province of Ontario
This work is being carried out in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation as a follow up to a study that examined some of the more internationally-oriented freight generators in the Province.   The purpose here is use available data sources to accurately screen out a large number of second-tier freight generators scattered throughout regions of the province and to perform a round of survey work to gather further details about each generator. Linked Report


Maximizing the Potential of the Foreign Trade Zone Concept in Canada

This research examined the array of programs in Canada that seek to provide similar benefits to the more singular U.S. FTZ program.  It has also examined the dilemma of not using a true zone concept in a world that is used to FTZs as zones with defined spatial boundaries. As well as the U.S. case , some examples from  around the world are evaluated.  The report concludes that some geographical reframing of the FTZ concept is required and that there are some important marketing issues to be considered as well.  Finally, it suggests that the disparate FTZ-oriented programs in Canada need to be brought more into line with one another. Linked Report

Please click here to acess Dr. Mark Ferguson's January 25th speech.

Seaway Under-Utilization: Are Regulations to Blame?
This report assesses the extent to which the regulatory environment can be used as an explanation for why Seaway volumes have not reached the levels of decades past and why it has been difficult for new Seaway services oriented towards higher value goods to gain traction.  The results suggest that non-regulatory factors such as shifts in global demand patterns and intense competition from other modes within the region such as rail offer the most powerful explanations.  Nevertheless, the report notes that even after the elimination of the Canadian 25% duty on foreign built ships, there are still some significant regulatory barriers to be addressed. Linked Report





On June 12, 2015, the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL), the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast seminar to launch MITL's most recent research study: 

"Shaping Hamilton with Complete Streets"

Cost:  $20.00 per person (includes a hot breakfast and parking) June 12 @ 8:15 a.m.
McMaster Innovation Park (MIP)

Registration is required by June 8th:  Please contact Deane Maynard at or 905-525-9140 x22542


MITL to study Red Light Camera Results, Hamilton Spectaor

CFMU talks about the McMaster Transportation Demand Management Plan underway, featuring Terry Sullivan, head of McMaster Parking Services and Matthias Sweet, MITL. Soundcloud Audio Interview

MITL is featured in the Daily News for their work on Complete Streets in Hamilton.

Chris Higgins contributes to Hamilton's parking lot discussion, and its implications for downtown development, in his Raise the Hammer article.

Tell Us About Your Commute!
Presentation Available Here

Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport Review of Canada Transportation Act
Canada Transportation Act Review

Chris Higgins contributes to Hamilton's parking lot discussion, and its implications for downtown development, in his Raise the Hammer article.

Hold on, traffic relief is coming to Hamilton – in a year
. Both Matthias Sweet and Darren Scott are quoted in the Hamilton spectator.

Matthias Sweet was featured on CHML yesterday, discussing traffic relief for local motorists

Chris Higgins Sets the Record Straight on Cable 14's Trending

A study on the benefits of LRT in Hamilton, by Chris Higgins, along with Mark Ferguson and Pavlos Kanaroglou, is featured in the Hamilton Spectator.

TRANSLOG 2014 "Transportation conference explores host of hot topics", Hamilton Spectator

“To access March 6th Truck Freight Generators and Attractors in Ontario” presentation by Dr. Mark Ferguson, please click here

The McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) releases Truck Freight Generators and Attractors in the Province of Ontario Report.

Dr. Matthias Sweet Article “Do Firms Flee Congestion.” in The Atlantic Cities

MITL receives research grant from major partnership with federal government and industry on "Social Costs and Benefits of Electric Mobility in Canada"





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