Posts Categorized: News

Papaioannou: Public transit service quality and contracting

Professor Panagiotis (Panos) Papaioannou of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, gave a special guest seminar for the UT-ITE Friday Seminar Series on March 23. Following his presentation “Public Transit Service Quality and Contracting” and Q&A, Professor Papaioannou enjoyed a reunion with friends from his days at UofT as a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Professor Ezra Hauer in… Read more »

Urban Transportation Policy Challenges for the GTA and Beyond

  A distinguished panel of six experts discussed urban transportation policy and economics from a variety of perspectives on March 22. The event was co-sponsored by the School for Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) and the Rotman School. SPPG Professor Jonathan Hall gave a welcome and opening statements. Rotman’s Professor Nathaniel Baum-Snow moderated. UTTRI involvement extended… Read more »

Miller panelist at Canadian Automotive Innovation/R&D Summit

UTTRI Director Dr. Eric Miller was in Detroit for the Canadian Automotive Innovation/R&D Summit, on March 22 to take part in a panel on Autonomous / Connected Vehicles and AI. UTTRI was a sponsor of the day-long summit presented by the Consulate General of Canada. More than 80 attendees, including 18 Canadian universities, 12 Canadian companies,… Read more »

Leon-Garcia: 5G corridor will benefit smart, connected research

Professor Alberto Leon-Garcia was interviewed by CBC News online in Super-fast, next-generation 5G wireless to get $200M research boost from governments with the recent announcement about ENCQOR, or Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Quebec and Ontario for Research and Innovation. The ENCQOR partnership will create a 5G Ontario-Quebec corridor, a wireless backbone for technological advances such as… Read more »

Dr. Anahita Asadolahniajami, UTTRI Postdoctoral Fellow in Green Transportation, to speak in Ottawa

Dr. Anahita Asadolahniajami, UTTRI Postdoctoral Fellow in Green Transportation, will share her work on modelling Ontario transit agencies’ greenhouse gas emissions at the EV2018VÉ Conference & Trade Show in Ottawa in April. On April 25 Dr. Asadolahniajami will present “Greenhouse Gas Emission Modelling for the Transit Sector” as part of a panel on GHGs & Environmental Benefits… Read more »

Transportation planning best coordinated with land use planning, says Siemiatycki

Professor Matti Siemiatycki talks about the issue in the March 11 Toronto Star article “How rampant development and poor planning left residents of this Etobicoke neighbourhood stuck in traffic,” stressing the need for coordination between developers and “institutions responsible for planning development and those building transit.”

Reducing driver rudeness

Professor Baher Abdulhai was quoted in the March 6 Globe and Mail article Rudeness is the new norm on Canada’s busy urban routes.  He shared a personal anecdote about unexpected aggression he encountered while driving in heavy traffic on Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway. He also shared his research on ways to relieve traffic congestion using intelligent… Read more »

Testing of driverless cars on public roads to begin in California

Professor Baher Abdulhai, Research Director of Centre for Automated and Transformative Transportation Systems (CATTS) weighed in on the February 26 article in The Verge, California green lights fully driverless cars for testing on public roads: “This is an exciting leap ahead for automated and transformative transportation in California.  I hope we do the same in Canada.  Ontario is… Read more »

Siemiatycki: How much will we pay for the REM? It depends on the number of riders

How much will we pay for the REM? It depends on the number of riders. Professor Matti Siemiatycki  commented in the Montreal Gazette Feb. 15 on the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project which is funded by the provincial and federal governments, the city of Montréal, Hydro-Québec and Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM). The majority owner of… Read more »

Siemiatycki: New Canada Infrastructure Bank investing soon

New Infrastructure Funding Sources Step Up in Canada. Matti Siemiatycki in ENR Engineering News Record Feb. 14 comments on the new Canada Infrastructure Bank which will begin investing in projects by the end of 2018. Large infrastructure projects, such as Montreal’s $5-billion light-rail project, are likely to be chosen for investment.