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U of T researchers help charity build better, more inclusive playgrounds

Researchers from the University of Toronto will play a key role in a national charity’s roll out of accessible playground facilities in cities across Canada. The playgrounds, built by Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, feature traditional play components modified for children of all abilities. That includes features like double-wide ramps for wheelchair access and roller slides… Read more »

Eric Miller and Shoshanna Saxe weigh in on provincial transit plans

UTTRI associated faculty Professors Eric Miller and Shoshanna Saxe weigh in on provincial transit plans in the Toronto Star article “Over the Don and under Fort York — where experts say building the Ontario Line could get tricky” April 15, 2019.

Smart Freight Centre aims to deliver the goods — faster and greener

April 18, 2019. By Liz Do The demand for goods transportation continues to rise, leading to increased traffic congestion across the GTHA. The newly launched Smart Freight Centre looks to find solutions. Leading experts from the Region of Peel, U of T Engineering, McMaster University and York University are working together to improve — and future-proof —… Read more »

Miller comments on transit investments

A brief video interview of UTTRI Director Professor Eric Miller was aired on CBC’s The National news item entitled Doug Ford commits $11.2B toward $30B Toronto transit expansion plan, April 10, 2019. Here is a quote from the show. Narrator: Toronto’s population has been booming. And engineers have long warned that public transit isn’t keeping up. Eric… Read more »

Amer Shalaby honoured for Excellence in Innovation

Congratulations to UTTRI associated faculty Professor Amer Shalaby who was awarded the 2019 ThinkTransit Award of Excellence in Innovation. He was honoured at the ThinkTransit Technology Conference in Tampa, Florida, April 14-17, 2019. ThinkTransit Awards of Excellence recognize those that push the transit industry forward.

We can reduce infrastructure’s greenhouse gas payback period, says Saxe

Shoshanna Saxe, Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto, gave a fascinating talk about the importance of understanding embodied materials and emissions in transport infrastructure Life Cycle Assesment (LCA). The UT-ITE seminar entitled “Transport infrastructure LCA cradle to placed: Understanding embodied materials and emissions” took place on… Read more »

Siemiatycki discusses transit plans on The Agenda

“With new governments come new transit plans.” UTTRI associated faculty Professor Matti Siemiatycki, Jennifer Keesmaat, and Murtaza Haider join Steve Paikin as The Agenda evaluates the province’s new ideas for transit in the Toronto area in A New Plan to Connect Toronto, April 16, 2019.

UCL/Toronto collaboration on urban infrastructure: Saxe, Siemiatycki & Durrant

UTTRI associated faculty Professors Matti Siemiatycki and Shoshanna Saxe are working with Dr. Dan Durrant of UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning to identify the pressures created in infrastructure planning and delivery in London and in Toronto. Dr. Durrant received funding for the project through the UCL-Toronto Strategic Partner Funds which are designed to encourage academic collaboration between the… Read more »

Laura Minet receives Frances Bradfield Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Engineering

PhD student Laura Minet was awarded a Frances Bradfield Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. “I am thrilled to have received the Frances Bradfield Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Engineering,” said Laura. “More than a financial reward, it is a great appreciation of my work and research. I am very… Read more »

Saxe on congestion pricing considerations for Toronto

UTTRI associated faculty Professor Shoshanna Saxe was quoted in “Should Canada charge drivers to use roads during rush hour?” posted March 30, 2019 by Global News. Congestion pricing has been in the news recently because according to the article: “… a New York plan to fight congestion by putting a price on driving into central… Read more »