CLUE (City Logistics for the Urban Economy)

Summary

“CLUE: City Logistics for the Urban Economy” will fill major knowledge gaps about the Canadian urban freight system through the execution of 24 projects organized under four broad themes:

  • Theme 1: Freight Data Warehouse (FDW), Data Collection and Data Science Applications
  • Theme 2: Logistics Network Design for New E-commerce Delivery Models
  • Theme 3: City Logistics Pilot Studies
  • Theme 4: Safety, Environment and Labour Force Dynamics

It will be led by Dr. Matthew Roorda, Professor, Civil & Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto and the Chair of the Smart Freight Centre, together with Smart Freight Centre leaders Dr. Elkafi Hassini, Professor, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University and Dr. Peter Park, Associate Professor, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University.

CLUE is a four-year, $11 million collaboration supported by three universities, six private-sector partners, four public sector partners and two non-governmental organizations and by an Alliance Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

To date, urban transportation planning policies have focussed predominantly on the movement of people, not the movement of goods. However, that is changing rapidly as government agencies cope with increasing numbers of delivery vehicles that are contributing to congestion on urban roads; conflicting with automobiles, pedestrians, and cyclists; and competing for curbside parking with other vehicles.

Meanwhile, the industry is being challenged by customers’ growing expectations, congestion, automation, a driver shortage and challenging and sometimes dangerous driving conditions in the context of vulnerable road users. Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased recognition of the importance of supply chain resiliency and has led to fast and potentially permanent shifts toward e-commerce and home delivery.

CLUE will provide industry and policy makers with knowledge and decision support tools to help them develop the new and innovative policies required to ensure that Canadians are supported by a resilient and sustainable goods movement industry.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Judy Farvolden, Executive Director, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute at judy.farvolden@utoronto.ca.



Project Leadership

Principal Investigator

  • Dr. Matthew Roorda, Professor, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto, and Chair, Smart Freight Centre

Co-investigators

  • Dr. Elkafi Hassini, Professor, Degroote School of Business, McMaster University and Vice Chair, Smart Freight Centre; Area Chair Operations Management
  • Dr. Peter Park, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, York University and Chair, Smart Freight Centre Scientific Advisory Committee

Project Manager

  • Dr. Judy Farvolden, Executive Director, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute

EDI Advisor

  • Ms. Marisa Sterling, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Professionalism, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto

Research Team Members

  • Dr. Merve Bodur, Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Birsen Donmez, Associate Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Kevin Gingerich, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, York University
  • Dr. Marianne Hatzopoulou, Associate Professor, Civil & Mineral Engineering, University. of Toronto
  • Dr. Mehdi Nourinejad, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, York University
  • Dr. Saiedeh Razavi, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, McMaster University
  • Dr. Manish Verma, Associate Professor, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

Partners

Private Sector Partners

  • Bosch Corporation
  • CHET
  • Esri Canada
  • Geotab
  • ShipperBee

Public Sector Partners

  • Region of Peel
  • City of Toronto
  • Region of York
  • Transport Canada

Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Pembina Institute
  • The Atmospheric Fund