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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.

New paper: Traffic Capacity Implications of Automated Vehicles Mixed with Regular Vehicles

Research for this recent paper, published online in the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, was supervised and carried out collaboratively by researchers from University of Toronto and McMaster University.  The paper authors are Arash Olia, Saiedeh Razavi, Baher Abdulhai and Hossam Abdelgawad. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, doi: 10.1080/15472450.2017.1404680, published online 08 Dec 2017. The abstract below is copied from… Read more »

Papageorgiou lecture discussion continues in “Engaging Autopilot”

February 7, 2018 Olivia Da Silva’s article in today’s GTHA edition of Novae Res Urbis continues the conversation started by Professor Markos Papageorgiou and panel at Traffic Management for the 21st Century. Quoting from two of that evening’s panelists, Teresa Di Felice of CAA and Gregg Loane of the City of Toronto, the article highlights the… Read more »

WTS-UTTRI 2018 Career Mixer

The 2018 WTS-UTTRI Career Mixer for U of T Transportation students was held on January 31 at the University of Toronto. The two-hour reception allowed for lots of mixing and mingling as well as information gathering on both sides. Over 70 students and Postdoctoral Fellows took advantage of the opportunity to learn about the opportunities for transportation… Read more »

Traffic management for the 21st century

On Feb. 1 Professor Markos Papageorgiou presented a free public lecture in Toronto as part of the University of Toronto Department of Civil+Mineral Engineering Distinguished Lecture series. This particular lecture was additionally sponsored by CAA. Professor Papageorgiou’s one-hour presentation entitled “Traffic Management for the 21st Century” included memorable lines such as “Intelligent vehicles may lead… Read more »

Congestion pricing – New paper by Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall’s recent paper Pareto improvements from Lexus Lanes: The effects of pricing a portion of the lanes on congested highways is now available online at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2018.01.003. It is published by the Journal of Public Economics, Volume 158, February 2018, pp. 113–125. Highlights and abstract below are copied from the publisher website. Highlights Congestion pricing can… Read more »

City of Toronto prepares for automated vehicles

January 29, 2018 The Daily Commercial News reported on the January 19 City of Toronto Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting in “Toronto drives discussions forward on automated vehicle planning.” At that meeting, Transportation Services staff presented their report Preparing the City of Toronto for automated vehicles, highlights of which include partnerships, potential impacts on a range… Read more »