Posts Categorized: News

Raphael Dumas on modernizing transit equity assessment

Raphael Dumas’ presentation at UTTRI on October 20 discussed the use of automatic transit data to assess transit equity in Boston, Massachusetts. This assessment was conducted in response to an existing equity evaluation technique which was not passenger focused. The transit data used included Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) data. This… Read more »

Planning to transfer: Increasing service reliability in public transit

Dr. Mahmood M. Nesheli’s October 13 presentation, “Real-time Control Strategies for Public-Transport Transfer Synchronization,” discussed the issue of passenger transfers in a public transit context. The development of a model was presented; it included the concepts of “library of tactics” and “direct transfer.” The model was applied to a limited number of routes in Auckland,… Read more »

iCity-ORF research informs City of Toronto report on Bloor Street bike lane pilot project

October 12, 2017. Today’s CBC News online article by John Rieti, Bloor bike lane report highlights changes for cyclists, drivers, businesses: City council to decide whether or not to make bike lanes permanent at next meeting, closes with a reference to information provided by “University of Toronto researchers.” The iCity-ORF project Urban Informatics for Sustainable Metropolitan Growth … Read more »

Chris Harding talks about travel survey smartphone apps

On October 6, Chris Harding shared a comparison of travel survey smartphone applications as part of the UT-ITE Seminar Series. In his talk “State of the art and potential of travel survey smartphone apps: Introducing ‘City Logger,’” he presented an overview of trip-tracking smartphone applications. Despite the large number of applications available, little is known… Read more »

City of Toronto and U of T sign Memorandum of Understanding

October 2, 2017 A Memorandum of Understanding between U of T and the City of Toronto was signed today at City Hall. The agreement formalizes collaboration as well as exchange of knowledge, research data and more. UTTRI is proud to play a part in the initiative. Read more: U of T, City of Toronto sign memorandum… Read more »

The City Logger app – download it now!

October 2, 2017 Help shape the future of transportation in our region – it’s as simple as installing the City Logger app on your smartphone to log your trips! For more information, visit the City Logger website at

Jason Hawkins discusses regional transportation models

Jason Hawkins talked about his recent work in the area of Fort McMurray, Alberta, at the UT-ITE Seminar on Friday, September 29th. In his presentation, “An Atypical RTM – Development of the RM of Wood Buffalo Regional Travel Model,” he discussed the challenges of developing a regional transportation model (RTM) for the region encapsulating Fort McMurray,… Read more »

Paul Hess talks to Metro Morning about suburban pedestrian safety

September 29, 2017 Four pedestrians have been killed by cars in Scarborough since Wednesday night. Metro Morning producer Morgan Passi visited the street where a mother and her five-year-old daughter were killed. Professor Paul Hess joined her on location and discussed the relationship between built environment and safety. Listen to the Metro Morning podcast Pedestrian… Read more »

Abundant UTTRI research shared at Transport Survey Methods conference

September 28, 2017 UTTRI researchers took the 11th International Conference on Transport Survey Methods in Estérel, Québec by storm this week, beginning with the opening keynote address given by Director Eric Miller, “TTS 2.0: Survey Methods R&D Program for the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area.” The keynote address was co-authored by Khandker Nurul Habib, Siva Srikukenthiran, Martin… Read more »

A guest presentation by Dr. Kelly Clifton of Portland State University

Dr. Kelly Clifton was our guest at U of T last week. She engaged with graduate students and postdocs and their research through roundtable discussions – in both Geography and Planning and in Civil Engineering – on September 21 and 22. On September 22 she gave a lively seminar at Sid Smith, co-presented by Geography… Read more »