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Register by Tuesday July 23 for 15% off Public Transit Short Courses

The University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute offers two back-to-back courses designed to provide participants with knowledge of key concepts and best practices related to public transit service planning and technology. Instructors, course descriptions and schedules The first course, Public Transit Planning & ITS (August 21-22, 2019), PTSC-101A, provides an overview of key concepts and best practices… Read more »

Fox: Closing the back door of data privacy

Canadians are increasingly concerned about data privacy. According to UTTRI associated faculty Professor Mark S. Fox, clear liability for leaks will help ensure that private data remain private: “Without aggregator liability, privacy regulations will simply lock the front door while leaving the back door wide open.” Professor Fox’s opinion piece “Closing the back door of data… Read more »


UTTRI associated faculty Professor Amer Shalaby along with Patrick Loa (CivE MASc candidate 2019) and consultant Dr. Brendon Hemily attended the International Workshop and Symposium TRANSITDATA2019 held July 8-10 in Paris. Professor Shalaby and Dr. Hemily, who both sit on the scientific committee for the symposium, chaired one session each. Patrick Loa and Professor Shalaby… Read more »

Youth learn about complete streets at Maximum City

Sneha Adhikari (CivE BASc 2019) presented workshops at the Maximum City Junior | Future City summer program for Grades 5-7 on July 11 and 16, 2019. Sneha reports that the participants were full of ideas. She says, “I initially spoke with the group and asked questions about their perception of street design and complete streets. They… Read more »

Saxe: The case for ‘dumb’ cities

“I’m an Engineer, and I’m Not Buying Into ‘Smart’ Cities” an opinion piece by UTTRI associated faculty Professor Shoshanna Saxe was published online in the New York Times on July 16, 2019. A version of the article appeared in print on July 17, 2019, Section A, Page 31 of the New York edition with the headline: What We Really Need Are Good… Read more »

Small communities benefit from transit innovation: Siemiatycki

UTTRI associated faculty Professor Matti Siemiatycki commented on plans by BC transit authority TransLink to launch a pilot project on Bowen Island, population 3,500. The pilot project will introduce ride-booking to the island via a mobile app called TapRide. “TransLink launching pilot project on Vancouver’s Bowen Island” appeared in The Globe and Mail British Columbia, July… Read more »

Siemiatycki: Improve surface transit with quick low-cost interventions

UTTRI associated faculty Professor Matti Siemiatycki was interviewed in “TTC vehicles get caught in gridlock too often. Should the King Street pilot project be replicated?” by Ben Spurr, Toronto Star, July 9, 2019. The article discussed various approaches to improving surface transit reliability and travel time, and also quoted several others, including Mr. James Perttula, director… Read more »

Sidewalks basic to urban neighbourhoods, says Hess

UTTRI associated faculty Professor Paul Hess comments in the CBC News article “Windsor might get more sidewalks — but people are divided over the idea” July 3, 2019. Professor Hess, whose teaching and research focuses on pedestrian environments and design, planning for activity transportation modes, and streets as public space, supplied an historical perspective to the… Read more »

Scoping out iCity 2.0

Two half-day workshops were convened on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25 to capture research ideas and flesh them out. Those ideas were then presented as the outline of the iCity 2.0 research proposal at a meeting on Thursday, June 27  with candidate partners. We thank all participants for their thoughtful contributions towards an iCity 2.0 proposal to… Read more »

UTTRI participates in Subway Planning Forum

UTTRI associated faculty Professor Shoshanna Saxe and Executive Director Dr. Judy Farvolden took part in Transport Future’s “Subway Planning Forum” the evening of June 26, 2019 at Innis Town Hall. Professor Saxe was a panelist for “Technical Reality Check: Planning, Equity, Economics, Engineering and Operations” moderated by Steve Paikin. Dr. Farvolden moderated the panel “Political Transit Promises:… Read more »