Leading experts from the University of Toronto, McMaster University and York University are working together to improve –and future-proof – how goods are delivered across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area through a newly established Smart Freight Centre.
From delivering stock to stores or packages to individual homes, the demand for freight transportation continues to rise –at the same time that expected delivery windows are narrowing.
The result is more traffic.
“It’s the Amazon effect,” says Matt Roorda, a professor in the department of civil and mineral engineering and the U of T Transportation Research Institute. “People are buying things online and expect them delivered within a day or even within a few hours.
“And that has a real impact on the number of trucks on the road.”