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
Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport Review of Canada Transportation Act
Canada Transportation Act Review
UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy
Webinar: Predicting Transit Vehicle Performance using the Fuel and Emissions Calculator, Wednesday November 5, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM PST, This is an online event. To participate in this discussion please register here
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
Chris Higgins (PhD candidate) outlined the key benefits freight villages can provide to an array of attendees at the International Centre in Mississauga on Nov. 29.
Traffic jams and economic growth, There is good congestion and bad congestion in terms of benefit to a community, Dr. Matthias Sweet in the Hamilton Spectator
CBS Radio (San Francisco) interviews Dr. Matthias Sweet on: "Traffic Congestion’s Economic Impacts: Evidence from US Metropolitan Regions"
MITL receives research grant from major partnership with federal government and industry on "Social Costs and Benefits of Electric Mobility in Canada"
Dr. Matthias Sweet (McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics) congestion research featured in The Atlantic Cities