Research is underway to develop the state of freight data in the Greater Toronto Area through data collection initiatives. This is an essential first step in developing behavioural models of decision-making by the various actors involved in the freight system including shippers, carriers, logistics firms, etc. Armed with a better understanding of such behaviour, we are developing forecasting models of commercial vehicle movements that are sensitive to government policy, changes in logistics processes and changes in the global and regional economy. Microsimulation of traffic, emissions and exposure to vehicle pollutants is another research thrust.
There is a strong and on-going need for such analysis tools and data to analyze the impacts of many policy decisions being made by our government representatives, and by industry every day. Our goal is to influence those decisions, to result in a more sustainable, efficient and equitable urban transportation system.
Matthew Roorda, Principal Investigator
Phone: (416) 978-5976