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Dr. Sabbir Saiyed wins 2020 TAC Leadership Award

Congratulations to Smart Freight Centre Founding Board Member and Industry Liaison, Dr. Sabbir Saiyed, who has received a 2020 Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Volunteer Contribution Award in the category TAC Leadership Award. The award recognizes individual volunteers who have provided continuous, effective leadership during 10 or more years of active participation on TAC councils …

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Goods movement and trucking professionals play a significant role in supporting the people of Ontario during COVID-19: Iannicca

Statement from Nando Iannicca, Peel Regional Chair recognizing the Goods Movement industry during COVID-19 Brampton, ON (July 13, 2020) – On behalf of Regional Council, Chair Nando Iannicca recognizes the members of Region of Peel Goods Movement Task Force and the business industry as a whole for their efforts in response to the health crisis during …

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Smart Freight Centre studies COVID-19 impacts on GTHA freight flows and supply chains

The Smart Freight Centre (SFC) has started assessing the impact of COVID-19 on freight flows and supply chains in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Changes in freight flow and congestion patterns before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic will be analyzed using: Traffic speed data from HERE Technologies; Truck telematics data from the American Transportation Research …

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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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