• 28 Feb, 2014
  • Logistics, Transportation, Reports

Project Description

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.

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  • 31 Dec, 2012
  • Logistics, Reports

Project Description

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.

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  • 30 Nov, 2011
  • Logistics, Reports

Project Description

Exploratory work was carried out for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) to determine if there was potential for LCBO stores and The Beer Store (TBS) locations to be served more efficiently from the four LCBO warehouses in Ontario. Research was also motivated by the fact that the Durham warehouse was operating very close to capacity and scenarios which assigned more stores to the London warehouse were to be explored. Results showed that there appears to be significant potential to develop more efficient routes. The number of routes could be fewer with trucks filled closer to capacity. These routes would be associated with less aggregate distance travelled and therefore less emissions. Aggregate travel time would also be reduced. The results were derived taking traffic congestion patterns into account and detailed reports were developed which showed step-by-step the composition and timing of each route. The analysis was done on the basis of a "typical" two week cycle and thus did not take seasonality into account. For peak periods of the year in particular, alternative routing schemes would be required to accommodate the extra volumes.

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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 Jan, 2011
  • Logistics, Transportation, Reports

Project Description

Green Technology and Trucking: An Investigation of Factors Influencing Fuel Consumption Using GPS Data

This study explores factors such as acceleration and speed which impact fuel consumption for short-haul trucking – that is, the shipment of goods within 200 and 300 kilometers of a driver’s home terminal. The data used in this study were provided by Transcare Logistics Corporation, a member of the Carego Group of Companies. The data consisted of GPS records for all trips undertaken by two trucks operating for the corporation, freight information, and fuel information.

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  • Partner:

    Transcare Logistics Corporation


  • 31 Dec, 2010
  • Reports, Logistics

Project Description

MITL completed a project for the Federal Bridge Corporation which assessed the impacts of potential closures to the Champlain Bridge in Montreal. Given that the main part of Montreal is an island, the metropolitan economy is very dependent on its river crossings. Congestion in the vicinity of these crossings is already a major problem. In the event of a moderate seismic event, there is the possibility that the crossing could be closed for several years. This project studied various closure scenarios and their implications for traffic patterns and also the competitiveness of the metropolitan economy.

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  • Partner:

    Federal Bridge Corporation


  • 30 Nov, 2010
  • Logistics

Project Description

MITL completed a project for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation seeking to assess a new Hands Free Mooring technology which is being studied for rollout throughout the Seaway system. The study sought to establish base rates over recent years for negative vessel incidents in transiting locks and evaluated current tests of the new technology against those base rates. Also, a stakeholder interview process was executed to assess views on the new technology.

  • Partner:

    St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation


  • 30 Jun, 2010
  • Logistics, Reports

Project Description

This project was completed for Metrolinx, the provincial transportation agency for the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA). In this work, available data sources were integrated with a computationally intensive simulation framework to estimate, on an hourly basis, the flows of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles between over 2000 zones in the GTHA.

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  • Partner:

    Metrolinx


  • 30 Sep, 2008
  • Logistics, Reports

Project Description

This research was carried out for Metrolinx with a view to develop improved data on Urban Commercial Vehicle Movements (UCVM) within the GTHA. A possible survey instrument was developed and a description of possible subsequent simulation modeling was provided.

This research was carried out for Metrolinx with a view to develop improved data on Urban Commercial Vehicle Movements (UCVM) within the GTHA. A possible survey instrument was developed and a description of possible subsequent simulation modeling was provided.