January 27, 2017


Urban Commercial Vehicle Parking in Toronto; Illegal Parking Issues, Impacts, Analysis Methods and Policy Interventions


1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village


Commercial vehicles are of particular interest in parking enforcement because of their heavy presence in central business districts and their recurrent behavior of illegal parking. This presentation will discuss highlights of several recent studies of commercial vehicle parking issues in Downtown Toronto. It will begin with a discussion of the issues and challenges facing downtown carriers. It will discuss parking supply-demand discrepancies in Downtown Toronto and their relationships with illegal commercial vehicle parking. Our efforts to qualify the impacts of illegal parking on congestion, using traffic microsimulation will be presented. The presentation will conclude with our analysis of some policy interventions.

Biographical Sketch

Matthew Roorda is a Professor of Civil Engineering, has been faculty at the University of Toronto since 2005, and has worked in the transportation engineering profession since 1998. He is the Canada Research Chair in Freight Transportation and Logistics and is co-chair of the Infrastructure Engineering program at University of Toronto. Dr. Roorda’s research interests include urban freight transportation, freight planning and operations, freight and passenger travel survey methods, agent-based simulation, disaggregate choice models, emissions analysis, activity-based travel demand modelling, and firm behaviour. Projects and publications can be found at http://www.civil.engineering.utoronto.ca/staff/professors/roorda.htm.

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