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Mobility Network at the University of Toronto

Mobility Network researchers from across University of Toronto commit to seeing that in this “First Urban Century,” mobility enables all people to achieve their potential while protecting our planet.
A view looking down the "Puente De Luz" bridge designed by Francisco Gazitua; there is a cyclist on the left and numerous pedestrians; condos in the background

About Mobility Network

The sustainable movement of people and goods is a global challenge. Mobility Network is the University of Toronto’s answer to that challenge.

Transportation systems connect us to almost every important aspect of our modern lives. As populations grow, we will need more capacity to move people and the goods from where the are to where they are going. But, as we build additional capacity, we need to ensure that each dollar spent increases prosperity, reduces our climate impact, increases resilience to climate impacts, enhances equity, and improves health outcomes.

We will be asking the questions from diverse perspectives, sharing our knowledge, learning from our partners, hosting the conversations, and finding the ways to catalyze transformation in the ways mobility results in a more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous future.

Please join us on the journey.


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Knowledge Clusters

Mobility Network research is organized around seven Knowledge Clusters, reflecting the “system of systems” nature of mobility systems. Research in the each of the five interconnected knowledge clusters at the core addresses a critical aspect of mobility research while the intersections represent the research challenges occurring between major fields of study. Encircling those is Behavioural Analysis & Modelling, which reminds us that this is all about people – who they are and what they want and need. And surrounding that is a circle prompting us that we operate within the constraints of our natural environment, our built environment, and our governance.

Urban Equality & Inclusion

The existing transportation system has resulted in an inequitable distribution of opportunities for people to access affordable housing, employment, education and other opportunities. What are the causes, scale and impacts […]
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Climate Change & Health

Automobiles and associated urban sprawl have played major roles in the climate crisis; transportation is the second-largest producer of Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. How can the co-benefits of GHG reduction strategies, particularly in terms of air quality and health benefits, be quantified to inform efforts to address climate change? How can we induce the combined changes in travel behaviour, political and social norms and transportation technology needed to effect meaningful reduction on Canadian GHG emissions?
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Mobility Technologies & Services

It is well known that “the costs of congestion” threaten thriving urban regions and cities. Congestion is a symptom of a thriving urban region but also of tremendous inefficiencies. Innovation in transportation technologies and mobility services (autonomous and/or electric vehicles, e-bicycles, ride hailing and ridesharing services and platforms, real-time information services, etc.) is rapidly moving to implementation on our public rights of way. How can we best design our transportation systems integrating both “old” and “new” technologies to provide for the safe, efficient, and dignified movement of people and goods within rapidly changing technological, social and economic contexts?
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Freight & Urban Goods Movement

The movement of goods is as critical to the equity, sustainability and productivity of society as is personal mobility, but it often receives much less research and policy attention. COVID-19 restrictions highlighted our dependency on national, continental and international supply chains to keep our society and our economy functioning. How do we reduce the carbon footprint of freight movements, as well as their impacts on communities and roadway operations, while maintaining the efficiency and effectiveness of our supply chains? How do we ensure the resiliency of the logistics systems that support urban goods movement? How do we accommodate, regulate and adapt to e-commerce?
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Land Use Planning & Economy

The transportation system provides access to land, which determines land value, which informs land development decisions that create the choices that influence the location decisions of households and firms. Where we live depends on where housing was built for us and how willing and able we are to travel – over the transportation system provided to us – from there to where we work, study, shop, and socialize. How can we evolve our existing transportation systems and land use into more sustainable forms? How can we influence the adoption of an integrated “system of systems” approach to land use and transportation?
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Behavioural Analysis & Modelling

People make the decisions about how they will travel, based on the choices available to them and on their very personal perception of the “costs” of travelling by different modes. Effective planning and design of both transportation and land use requires a deep understanding of person travel behaviour, the economic drivers of goods movements and the location choice processes of households and firms. How can we combine insights into travel behaviour from economics, psychology and engineering, modern “big data” and advanced data science methods (machine learning, etc.) enable the development of advanced “next generation” simulation models of urban spatial-temporal, socio-economic processes?
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Governance, Policy Analysis & Managing Change

We continue to “prepare for growth” but now in the face of disruption. Disruptions may be temporary (e.g., COVID-19) or permanent (e.g., climate crisis, autonomous cars). The policy response to COVID-19 demonstrated that our governments are capable of swift action. For public safety, they temporarily increased cycling infrastructure, introduced roadside patio restaurants and bars, and legislated off-peak deliveries to grocery stores. Many of these emergency innovations are being made permanent. What are the challenges and opportunities associated with planning for change, as well as responding to disruption? How can we safely enable more experimentation that may lead to further beneficial innovation in our cities?
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