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Lecture to offer assessment of urban truck-only lanes

Do truck-only lanes save time and money for transport companies? Do they improve safety?

Two research projects exploring these questions are the subject of a presentation Thursday, February 28, by University of Toronto engineering professor Matthew Roorda.

The first project evaluates the travel cost benefits of truck-only lanes on arterial roads, from a value of time perspective. The second simulated all of the freeways in the greater Toronto and Hamilton area to test the relative merits of converting a lane of Highway 401 to truck-only versus the construction of a new truck-only highway in a hydro-electric utility corridor.

Dr. Roorda is director of the Centre for Urban Freight Analysis and co-chair of the infrastructure engineering program at University of Toronto.

His presentation is hosted by the Centre for Cross-Border Transportation and the transportation group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. It is free and open to the public and begins at 3 p.m. in room 3000, Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.