• 31 May, 2015
  • Urban Land Use, Transportation, Reports

Project Description

There has been a lot of interest in recent years in "livable communities" which tend to be less auto- oriented than their low density, car dependent suburban counterparts. The "complete streets" concept has become very much associated with livable communities from the point of view of accessibility and equally accommodating the walking, cycling and transit modes as well as automobiles. The purpose of the proposed research is to assess the performance of complete street implementations in other jurisdictions, critically review what has been written on complete street concepts, and assess the applicability of the complete street concept in Hamilton with a view to how this approach might improve the vitality of certain key neighborhoods.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 31 Mar, 2012
  • Urban Land Use, Transportation, Reports

Project Description

This study examines thirty cities in North America that have already developed light rail systems and with varying levels of success. The main objective of the work is to determine the main underlying factors which have contributed to the outcomes experienced in terms of ridership and the extent of transit oriented development. The implications for a future Hamilton LRT are discussed.

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  • Partner:

    City of Hamilton


  • 29 Feb, 2012
  • Transportation, Reports

Project Description

In recent years, Hamilton, Ontario has been making modifications to its truck routes and has been considering the implications of some proposed reductions in routes. Partially, the changes result from the opening of the Red Hill Valley Parkway and partially they result from a desire to reduce the impacts of trucks on certain neighbourhoods. This brief study simulates the impacts of these changes on the movements of trucks through the city.

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  • Partner:

    City of Hamilton


  • 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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  • 30 Sep, 2011
  • Urban Land Use, Transportation, Reports

Project Description

This research was carried out for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The purpose of the research was to explore the concept of a freight village and provide some high level insights on the applicability of the concept in the province of Ontario. A freight village is an advanced form of logistics centre where a cluster of goods movement oriented and logistics facilities are co-located and co-ordinated to achieve synergies. Key attributes include an intermodal terminal, warehousing, manufacturing, wholesaling, logistics services and access to shared facilities, equipment and services. Centralized management and ownership and partnership between the public and private sectors are also central elements. In its pure form, a freight village can serve as an incubator for smaller logistics and related firms.

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  • Partner:

    Ontario Ministry of Transportation


  • 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

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