Is Uber Helping or Hurting Public Transportation? Professor Jonathan Hall @ S. Walter Stewart Public Library
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

UTTRI associated professor Jonathan Hall will give a free public talk on his research October 23rd at the S. Walter Stewart branch of the Toronto Public Library.  Is Uber Helping or Hurting Public Transportation? is presented as part of the library’s program series “On Civil Society.”  No registration is necessary and all are welcome.


Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing companies have transformed the transportation marketplace in cities around the world. Their entry into cities has been controversial. They have been credited with providing a reliable and affordable transportation option, serving neglected areas of cities, and providing meaningful employment. Against these benefits, they have been accused of being unsafe, creating congestion, destroying stable jobs, and flouting the law. This presentation focuses on one aspect of Uber’s effect on cities: its effect on public transportation.

Short Biography

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Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and School of Public Policy and Governance at University of Toronto.

He is an applied microeconomist who focuses on urban transportation. His recent work has focused on how to design road tolls so they help all road users and measuring the effect of Uber on public transportation. His dissertation was honored with the Best Dissertation Award by the Transportation and Public Utilities Group and the Best Paper Award at the Kumho-Nectar Conference on Transportation Economics. Professor Hall received his BA from Brigham Young University and his PhD from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Gregory Erhardt, University of Kentucky @ Sandford Fleming Building, ITS Lab and Testbed, Room SF3103
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Details TBA.

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Dr. Gregory Erhardt

Dr. Gregory Erhardt is Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky.

All are welcome to attend.

This seminar is presented by the University of Toronto Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter.





2018 UT-ITE Open House @ Sandford Fleming Building, ITS Lab and Testbed, Room SF3103
Nov 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

On November 2nd, 2018, UofT ITE student chapter (UT-ITE) Annual Open House event will be held in the ITS lab, Sandford Fleming Building Room 3101 during our regular seminar hour from 11:00 AM.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome, provided they have an interest in transportation and in learning more about what the ITE community has to offer.

Our guest speakers include UT-ITE executives, as well as ITE Toronto session executives. Lunch with various choices of food will follow.

The event is open to everyone who is interested in any transportation topics, or UT-ITE student chapter.

If you want to learn more on UT-ITE, on UofT transportation research group, or on transportation related industry, please register here via this link:

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Yousaf Shah, Hemson Consulting @ Sandford Fleming Building, ITS Lab and Testbed, Room SF3103
Nov 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Details TBA.

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Yousaf Shah

Yousaf Shah joined Hemson Consulting Ltd. in the fall of 2012 as a Consultant. With a background in Construction Management and Urban Planning, Yousaf will support the team at Hemson in demographic forecasting and planning advisory services. His experience includes positions in planning with the City of Ottawa, development policy with the United Nations in Pakistan, and in real estate consulting in the United States. Yousaf has published a paper comparing the performance of urban transportation systems of 63 cities around the world.

Yousaf has a Master of Urban Planning from McGill University, specializing in Transportation Planning, and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Pratt Institute in New York City. He lived in seven countries before arriving in Canada and has decided to call Toronto home.

UofT 2018 Transportation Alumni Reception @ The Faculty Club
Nov 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Join us November 15 for our 2nd Annual Transportation Alumni Reception . . .

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Date: November 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM -9:00 PM EST
Location: The Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

Please join us for the second annual University of Toronto Transportation Alumni Reception.

This event was a great success last year and we are expecting another large turnout this year. You’ll have an opportunity to get together with other U of T transportation professionals, classmates, professors and instructors and to see old friends over food and drinks.

To add to the evening, we are delighted to have Andrew Miller as our guest speaker. Andrew is Associate Director, Mobility at Sidewalk Labs which has been leading exciting work in transforming urban spaces in Toronto’s Waterfront. His topic “Sidewalk Toronto and the Future of Mobility” touches on all aspects of transportation and society.

Please spread the word around and join us at the U of T Faculty Club on November 15, 2018, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Proceeds from the nominal cost of $20 (students $10) will establish a new fund to support UofT transportation student learning activities.

Let’s get together to reminisce about old times and talk about the future.

We appreciate your RSVP. You can purchase tickets by calling Hart House Tickets at (416) 978- 8849 (Mon-Fri 11-5) or by clicking on the link below:

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Presented by the University of Toronto Transportation Alumni Committee

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Mark Ferguson, McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics @ Sandford Fleming Building, ITS Lab and Testbed, Room SF3103
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tyrone Gan: Rapid Transit Planning in the GTA @ Sandford Fleming Building, ITS Lab and Testbed, Room SF3103
Nov 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm