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McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics

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MITL Research Projects

We carry out research for both the public and private sectors. Here are several examples of current and completed research projects.

Toronto Road System Performance: Stretching the State of Knowledge

The City of Toronto commissioned a study from the McMaster Institute for Transport & Logistics (MITL) that used INRIX GPS probe data to analyze historical traffic data on City expressways and arterials.  The study looked at three time periods (August-December 2011, July – December 2013 and January- December 2014).
The study is the City's first foray into making practical use of this type of probe vehicle data. Much of the work done here is on the cutting edge, and through this study the City of Toronto and MITL are developing methodologies that will evolve and improve over time, allowing the City to track and monitor congestion levels across the City, year by year.  The City recognizes that the methodology may not be perfect or final, but it is a strong first step in what will be an on-going process. While there are varying opinions on the how congestion is defined, what is most useful is that a strong academically supported methodology has been developed that can measure changes in congestion over time. More...More


Shaping Hamilton with Complete Streets

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.  This research assesses the performance of complete street implementations in other jurisdictions, critically reviews what has been written on complete street concepts, and assesses the applicability of the complete street concept in Hamilton with a view to how this approach might improve the vitality of certain key neighborhoods.  Linked Report


Estimating Vehicular Emissions for the Toronto and Hamilton Census Metropolitan Areas
This research was carried out for Environment Canada and provided emissions estimates associated with all metropolitan road links in the CMAs covered.   An Integrated Urban Modelling Framework was 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. Linked Report


Truck Freight Generators and Attractors in the Province of Ontario
This work was 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.   This research used 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







Research by Chris Higgins and Pavlos Kanaroglou on the relationship between transport and land values was featured in The Atlantic’s CityLab

Demand for electric vehicles will increase – if the price is right. Pavlos Kanaroglou and Mark Ferguson and their work on electric mobility were featured in the Daily News


City of Toronto Press Release on MITL Research " Toronto Road System Performance:  Stretching the State of Knowledge

Those new foreign trade zones? They're more like teams. Embassy News interview with Dr. Mark Ferguson


Read the Hamilton Spectator's take on the new MITL report "Shaping Hamilton with Complete Streets." Hamilton Spectator.

Complete Streets Presentation
Photos of the Complete Streets Breakfast Seminar

Chris Higgins was featured on the CBC discussing the impact of the recently announced LRT on James St. North.

Premier announces $1B for Hamilton LRT, GO, CHCH Tv

Mark Ferguson was quoted in Canadian Shipper magazine May/June 2015 (page 23)

MITL to study Red Light Camera Results, Hamilton Spectaor

CFMU talks about the McMaster Transportation Demand Management Plan underway, featuring Terry Sullivan, head of McMaster Parking Services and Matthias Sweet, MITL. Soundcloud Audio Interview

MITL is featured in the Daily News for their work on Complete Streets in Hamilton.

Chris Higgins contributes to Hamilton's parking lot discussion, and its implications for downtown development, in his Raise the Hammer article.

Tell Us About Your Commute!
Presentation Available Here

Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport Review of Canada Transportation Act
Canada Transportation Act Review

Chris Higgins contributes to Hamilton's parking lot discussion, and its implications for downtown development, in his Raise the Hammer article.

Hold on, traffic relief is coming to Hamilton – in a year
. Both Matthias Sweet and Darren Scott are quoted in the Hamilton spectator.

Matthias Sweet was featured on CHML yesterday, discussing traffic relief for local motorists

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.

“To access March 6th Truck Freight Generators and Attractors in Ontario” presentation by Dr. Mark Ferguson, please click here


MITL receives research grant from major partnership with federal government and industry on "Social Costs and Benefits of Electric Mobility in Canada"





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