• 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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  • 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 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 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 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


  • 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 Mar, 2009
  • Transportation, Reports

Project Description

For MITL’s first major research project, the City of Hamilton, Ontario was evaluated for its potential to develop further as a goods movement gateway. The research featured an extensive literature review, detailed economic impact scenarios based on assumptions about gateway oriented employment growth and related traffic and emission scenarios. The central thesis of this report was that economic development and job creation need not conflict with environmental sustainability. Development of employment lands coupled with a strong urban intensification strategy and investment in public transit infrastructure is ideal for promoting economic interaction and gateway development while minimizing congestion and transport related emissions.

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