• 27 Sep, 2016
  • Reports, Environmental, Transportation

Project Description

Drop-off programs at schools are becoming more common with school boards because of the potential reduction in vehicle and student collisions compared to a disorganized school drop-off. Across North America, the number of students who are driven to school in a personal vehicle has been rising for the past five decades, with no foreseeable change in this behaviour. A drop-off program, where parents must line-up their cars and idle, is one that is very organized; however our research has identified that this potential increased safety measure is creating potentially hazardous air quality conditions. Air pollution health effect studies’ methods and technologies are continually evolving. We have demonstrated a further refinement of air pollution exposure science that incorporates the activity patterns of people into the process of measuring exposure. Our research sets the foundation for a technique to calculate personal exposure without personal monitoring units.

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  • 31 May, 2015
  • Environmental, Transportation

Project Description

This research is being carried out in conjunction with Colliers International and the Franhoefer Institute to look at analytical approaches that will assist in the optimization of a transportation plan of the yet to be developed Burlington Innovation District (BID) in Burlington, ON. The objectives of the research include: identifying the firms that are suitable for the BID and design and develop a traffic computer simulation model to examine the traffic and environmental impacts of the BID under different scenarios.


  • 31 Jan, 2015
  • Environmental, Transportation

Project Description

In collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, MITL has analyzed observed commercial vehicle behaviour data relating to idling and distances travelled. The purpose has been to evaluate the performance of various green technologies such as: auxiliary power units, cab heaters and coolers and alternative fuel vehicles. The technologies are being evaluated against such benchmarks as: emissions reductions return on investment and payback period. In general, results suggest that investments in green commercial vehicle technologies are sound investments.


  • 30 Apr, 2014
  • Environmental, Transportation, Reports

Project Description

This research is being carried out for Environment Canada and seeks to provide emissions estimates associated with all metropolitan road links in the CMAs covered. An Integrated Urban Modelling Framework is used where trips originating from and arriving in each small census area are estimated for each hour of the day. These trips are assigned to the road network using an advanced assignment algorithm and an appropriate environmental module is employed to estimate emissions associated with the traffic levels on each road link. Something similar is done for light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles and public transit vehicles. Variations by day and by month are taken into account to provide a complete picture for a full year.

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  • 31 Aug, 2011
  • Environmental, Logistics, Reports

Project Description

The movement of dangerous goods is a prominent theme within the general area of goods movement. Large quantities of flammable liquids and compressed gases among other dangerous substances, move between and within our urban areas. The safety of these movements is of paramount concern. Nevertheless, there have been significant incidents that have taken place over the years resulting in loss of life and environmental damage. In order to maximize their understanding of the current situation and to achieve the highest level of emergency preparedness, the Credit Valley Conservation Authority approached MITL for research that would seek to quantify the movements of hazardous materials across the Credit Valley Watershed via the modes of road and rail. The framework that was implemented to evaluate these movements is described in detail in the linked report. The final estimate for road movements was 8.857 million tonnes of hazmat per year that interact with the watershed. For rail, the corresponding estimate is 6.442 million tonnes per year.

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  • Partner:

    Credit Valley Conservation Authority


  • 31 Jul, 2011
  • Environmental, Transportation

Project Description

In partnership with the Rapid Transit group of the City of Hamilton, MITL created this ten minute presentation that examines Light Rail Transit in the city with an emphasis on the proposed B-Line. The presentation focuses on: how LRT in Hamilton will look, why it is important, how it can aid urban development in key areas of the city and what can be learned from other cities that have developed LRT.

  • Partner:

    City of Hamilton