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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 »

TRANSITDATA2019

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 »

Future of Urban Mobility with Imani, Kasraian, Minet

Two UTTRI postdoctoral fellows and a PhD candidate spoke July 11 at the Cities By Design: The Future of Urban Mobility series, part of the Urban Challenge Project Seminars presented by the School of Cities in partnership with UTTRI. Professor Steven Farber warmly welcomed the crowd and introduced the speakers.  Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Ahmadreza Faghih Imani spoke first, presenting… 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 »

Future of Urban Mobility seminar with Hall, Baum-Snow

UTTRI associated faculty Professor Jonathan Hall and Rotman’s Professor Nate Baum-Snow spoke at the June 27 seminar in the Cities By Design: The Future of Urban Mobility series, part of the Urban Challenge Project Seminars presented by the School of Cities in partnership with UTTRI. Professor Steven Farber warmly welcomed the crowd and introduced the speakers…. Read more »