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Smart Freight Centre launches new research collaborations on safer, cleaner and more efficient transport of goods in the GTHA

This story by Tyler Irving was originally posted on University of Toronto Engineering News, November 4, 2020. From take-out pizza to online shopping — which nearly doubled in Canada this year— the use of home delivery has greatly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. But according to Professor Matt Roorda (CivMin), what happens between clicking “add …

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Toronto City Council approves first Freight and Goods Movement Strategy

Toronto City Council has approved the City’s first Freight and Goods Movement Strategy that will help make transportation of freight and goods safer, more reliable and more sustainable in and around Toronto. The Freight and Goods Movement Strategy identifies 24 strategic actions that the City, led by the Transportation Services division in partnership with other …

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Smart Freight Centre research partnership receives major funding award

ANNOUNCEMENT Download Announcement PDF The Smart Freight Centre is delighted to announce that a new research initiative entitled “CLUE: City Logistics for the Urban Economy”, has received a major funding award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Research projects funded by NSERC Alliance Grants must be supported by partner organizations that …

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Smart Freight Centre’s off-peak delivery pilot in the news

Today’s Trucking reported on the “Main Street Recovery Act” proposed by the Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, which would, according to their article “permanently allow 24/7 deliveries to businesses including retail stores, restaurants, and distribution facilities.” The article points to the “Region of Peel Off-Peak Delivery Pilot …

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Farvolden: New thinking needed to improve freight and goods movement

Dr. Judy Farvolden, Executive Director of the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute, was quoted in “Delivery trucks are common sights in downtown Toronto. But a new city report offers some alternatives. Everyone is getting everything delivered these days. But that can cause chaos on city streets, and Toronto officials are trying to change that” …

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Farvolden presents deputation to City of Toronto about Freight and Goods Movement Strategy

Dr. Judy Farvolden, Executive Director of the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute, presented a deputation to the City of Toronto Infrastructure and Environment Committee on the release of the  “Freight and Goods Movement Strategy” at their meeting October 6, 2020. She addressed many aspects of the strategy and outlined research goals of the Smart …

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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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