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Smart Freight Centre facilitates needed dialogue on goods movement

A recent article by Andrew Reeves in Novae Res Urbis, Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area, discusses the need for inter-jurisdictional dialogue and cooperation for efficient and environmentally sustainable movement of goods in Canada. The March 18, 2020 article quotes Pembina Institute Regional Director Carolyn Kim as well as from their recent report “The next frontier …

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Province of Ontario Announces Noise By-law Exemptions Allowing Off-Peak Deliveries in Response to COVID-19

The Municipal Emergency Act, 2020 will ensure that for the near future, the delivery of goods to Ontario’s businesses and consumers isn’t impacted by municipal noise by-laws that may unintentionally be impeding such deliveries when they are most urgently needed. The legislation also gives municipalities the ability to fully conduct Council, local board and committee meetings electronically …

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Region of Peel Goods Movement Task Force celebrates a 10-year milestone 2009-2019

On March 6, 2020, Nando Iannicca, Peel Regional Chair and Chair of the Region of Peel Goods Movement Task Force recognized its members for their participation and commitment over the last 10 years, to improving the goods movement system across Peel. The task force provides a forum for bringing together key public and private sector …

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Final Report on Region of Peel Off-Peak Delivery Pilot Project released

Off-peak delivery (OPD) policy can provide significant relief to congestion in major urban centres. OPD is a travel demand management policy that encourages businesses to make deliveries in off-peak hours. OPD policy offers benefits such as improvement in peak hour traffic flow, improvement in the operational efficiency for motor carriers, and reduced environmental impacts. OPD …

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Smart Freight Symposium presents broad perspective on freight transport

The Smart Freight Symposium on sustainable urban and regional freight innovation was held November 4, 2019 at the University of Toronto Faculty Club. The one-day event featured two keynotes and 21 speakers in four panels. About 100 invited guests attended from the private sector, four levels of government, NGOs, associations, consulting firms, and universities. The …

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Double-trailer trucks could soon be driving during GTA rush hour

Rush hour in Toronto might soon include bigger trucks. Ontario’s government wants to let double-trailer transport trucks on the highways during peak traffic times in the GTA. Currently these trucks, known as “long-combination vehicles,” are not allowed on highways between 7:30 and 9 a.m. or 4:30 to 6 p.m. But the Progressive Conservative government is proposing a change to make things …

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How an Ontario municipality cut trucking pollution without investing in infrastructure

A regional government in Ontario has tested a way to increase cargo efficiency while helping reduce carbon emissions, without spending a cent on building new infrastructure. At the end of August, the Region of Peel, which includes the municipalities Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon, completed a pilot during which trucks made deliveries outside peak congestion hours. …

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Regional collaboration needed to solve Ontario’s challenges, forum hears

Regional collaboration among universities, governments and industry is essential to helping solve shared challenges across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA), business leaders and university researchers said at a forum in Hamilton on October 3, 2019. “It takes persistence and leadership to move past some of those barriers to get large institutions to make partnerships …

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Benefits of off-peak delivery clear: Roorda shares preliminary analysis of Peel pilot data

Early analysis of data collected during the Off-Peak Delivery (OPD) pilot project of the Region of Peel was shared with Peel Regional Council on September 12, 2019 by University of Toronto Professor Matthew Roorda, Chair of the Smart Freight Centre. Delivery data from 14 store locations of three participating retailers were analyzed by Roorda and …

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