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Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute

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Congratulations Dr. Ahsan Habib!

On June 14th, our DalTRAC Director was appointed to be a Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance at Dalhousie University.

“The MacEachen Institute’s purpose is to engage with the community – public sector, private sector, not-for-profit, students, academics – in order to bring people together to work on the big policy problems of our time and to provide sensible, empirically-based research in a non-partisan environment.”
– Kevin Quigley, Scholarly Director

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Connect Smart Workshop

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On the 16th February, 2018 (Friday), DalTRAC hosted the Connect Smart workshop to engage professionals in thinking about the future of mobility in Nova Scotia. The workshop is part of the province’s Connect 2 grant program. The workshop opened the floor up for discussion about the issues and needs for future mobility in Nova Scotia, the short and long term planning goals, and our shared mobility vision.

There were attendees from the municipal and provincial governments, community groups (e.g. CarShare Atlantic), and interested students from Dalhousie University.

 

Dr. Ahsan Habib Presenting an Overview of the Future of Mobility and Technologies

Dr. Ahsan Habib Presenting an Overview of the Future of Mobility and Technologies

Workshop Discussion

Attendees Asking Questions during the Presentation Session

Group Discussion on the Future of Mobility in Nova Scotia

Group Discussion on the Future of Mobility in Nova Scotia

Attendees answering one of the workshop discussion questions

Attendees Answering One of the Workshop Discussion Questions

Connect Smart Workshop

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Dear Sir/Madam,

We would like to invite you to attend the Connect Smart workshop on the 16th of February 2018. Join the Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) for an afternoon of presentation and discussion about emerging technologies that are shaping the future of transportation. Help us develop a shared vision to plan for the future of mobility in Nova Scotia. The workshop is supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy through ConnectSmart project under the Connect2 program. Please feel free to forward the invitation to anyone interested in future technology and transportation.

Date: February 16th, 2018 (Friday)
Time: 
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: 
Dalhousie University, Exhibition Room, Ralph M. Medjuck Building (H building)

5410 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS
RSVP: daltrac@dal.ca

For more information and/or to RSVP by 14th February, please contact: Leen Romaneh (daltrac@dal.ca)

Connect Smart Workshop 2

Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting: Day 2

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Today, some of DalTRAC’s students will be presenting at the TRB annual meeting.

From 8.00 am to 9.45 am (PST):

  • Urban Freight Network and Emission Modeling for Port City Halifax, Canada: A Spatial and Temporal Evaluation of Commercial Vehicles Movement by Pauline Laila Bela and Muhammad Habib, Session 513, Presentation 18-06689
  • The Relationship Between Neighborhood Characteristics and Emergency Health Services Vehicle Demand: A Poisson Hurdle Regression Modeling Approach by Babatope Olajide, Muhammad Habib, Mikiko Terashima and Sara Campbell, Session 517, Presentation 18-05049
  • Microsimulation of Life Stages, Residential Mobility, and Location Choice Processes by Mahmudur Fatmi and Muhammad Habib, Session 517, Presentation 18-06658
  • Investigation of Subjective Well-Being, Travel, Built Environment, and Attitudes: A Random-Parameters Ordered Choice Modeling Approach  by Stephen McCarthy and Muhammad Habib, , Session 713, Presentation 18-05015
Dr. Ahsan Habib with M.A.Sc Pauline Bela at the TRB Conference on the 9th of January, 2018

Dr. Ahsan Habib with M.A.Sc student Pauline Bela at the TRB Annual Meeting on the 9th of January, 2018

Dr. Ahsan Habib with Ph.D student Nazmul Arefin at the TRB Conference on the 9th of January, 2018

Dr. Ahsan Habib with Ph.D student Nazmul Arefin at the TRB Annual Meeting on the 9th of January, 2018

Dr. Ahsan Habib with Ph.D student Jahedul Alam at the TRB Conference on the 9th of January, 2018

Dr. Ahsan Habib with Ph.D student Jahedul Alam at the TRB Annual Meeting on the 9th of January, 2018

Dr. Ahsan Habib with Post-doc Associate Mahmudur Fatmi at the TRB Conference on the 9th of January, 2018

Dr. Ahsan Habib with Post-doc Associate Mahmudur Fatmi at the TRB Annual Meeting on the 9th of January, 2018

Dr. Ahsan Habib with Post-doc Associate Jahedul Alam at the TRB Conference on the 9th of January, 2018

Dr. Ahsan Habib with Ph.D student Jahedul Alam at the TRB Annual Meeting on the 9th of January, 2018

DalTRAC students invited to present in the 97th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB)

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In January 2018, six DalTRAC students will present six research papers at the 96th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, D.C. The sessions’ information can be found below:

  • Urban Freight Network and Emission Modeling for Port City Halifax, Canada: A Spatial and Temporal Evaluation of Commercial Vehicles Movement by Pauline Laila Bela and Muhammad Habib, Session 513, Presentation 18-06689, Tuesday January 9, 8:00 am-9:45 am
  • The Relationship Between Neighborhood Characteristics and Emergency Health Services Vehicle Demand: A Poisson Hurdle Regression Modeling Approach by Babatope Olajide, Muhammad Habib, Mikiko Terashima and Sara Campbell, Session 517, Presentation 18-05049, Tuesday January 9, 8:00 am-9:45 am
  • Microsimulation of Life Stages, Residential Mobility, and Location Choice Processes by Mahmudur Fatmi and Muhammad Habib, Session 517, Presentation 18-06658, Tuesday January 9, 8:00 am-9:45 am
  • Investigation of Subjective Well-Being, Travel, Built Environment, and Attitudes: A Random-Parameters Ordered Choice Modeling Approach  by Stephen McCarthy and Muhammad Habib, , Session 713, Presentation 18-05015, Tuesday January 9, 3:45 pm-5:30 pm
  • Investigation of Tour Participation, Time Allocation, and Mode Choice: An Application of Multiple Discrete-Continuous Extreme Value-Mixed Multinomial Logit Modeling Approach  by Nazmul Arefin Khan, Annesha Enam, Muhammad Habib and Karthik Konduri, Session 829, Presentation 18-06704, Wednesday January 10, 10:15 am-12:00 pm
  • Evaluation of the Traffic Impacts of Mass Evacuation of Halifax: A Flood Risk and Dynamic Traffic Microsimulation Modeling  by MD Jahedul Alam, Muhammad Habib, Kevin Quigley and Tim Webster, Session 862, Presentation 18-06677, Wednesday January 10, 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

PhD Thesis Defence

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DalTRAC team member and graduate student in the Department of Civil & Resource Engineering, Mahmudur Rahman Fatmi, will  defend his PhD thesis with a presentation entitled “Development of Integrated Urban System Models: Life-transitions, Household location, and Vehicle Transaction Decisions”

The presentation will take place on Friday November 3, 2017 at 9:30am in Room 3107, Dalhousie Mona Campbell Building, 1459 LeMarchant Street. Everyone is welcome to attend!

SWITCH 2017: Spring Garden Road

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The DalTRAC team promoted the Thumbs Up! Share the Road Nova Scotia campaign during SWITCH Spring Garden on Sunday, September 25. This well attended event allows HRM residents the opportunity to explore streets by foot, bike, or other modes of active transportation. Spring Garden Road was closed off to traffic to encourage recreation activities, markets, and entertainment.

DalTRAC team members Samantha MacLellan and Sara Campbell promote the Share the Road campaign.

DalTRAC team members Samantha MacLellan and Sara Campbell promote the Share the Road campaign. (Photo by: Sean Dewitt)

SWITCH Spring Garden

SWITCH Spring Garden

Daniel Richardson Public Talk

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On Thursday September 21, 2017, Daniel Richardson gave a public talk at Dalhousie University entitled “Ottawa’s BRT to LRT Conversion from an Operations Planning Perspective”. Daniel is the Team Lead of Service Reliability for O.C. Transpo in Ottawa. A native of the Greater Toronto Area, Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Ottawa, majoring in English Literature and Geography, as well as a Masters of Planning Degree from Dalhousie University. Prior to working for the City of Ottawa, Daniel worked as a Research Assistant for Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC). Daniel’s professional experience includes project management for various transit priority projects, transit oriented infrastructure projects, and other bus stop and station improvements. Specifically, over the past 3 years, Daniel’s work has focused primarily on the coordination of transit detours and construction impacts throughout the closure of the Transitway for the construction of the O-Train Confederation Line.

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New Technology for Distracted Pedestrians in the Netherlands

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A town called Bodegraven in the Netherlands is pilot testing a new type of pedestrian crossing signal. The crosswalk signal is embedded in the sidewalk at an intersection which is aimed at gaining the attention of distracted walkers. Global News interviewed Dr. Ahsan Habib regarding his thoughts on the new technology, and distracted pedestrians. Dr. Habib commented that with the rate of distracted pedestrians increasing in recent years, this innovative technology is a fabulous idea. Although the cause of distraction is not well documented, there needs to adaptive solutions to ensure road safety.

View the full story (minute 19:50) at http://globalnews.ca/video/3525788/global-national-jun-13-5

 

 

Community Transportation Nova Scotia (CTNS) Conference

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DalTRAC students will be participating in the Community Transportation Nova Scotia (CTNS) Conference and AGM on Tuesday, May 16 in Truro. The theme of this years conference is Transforming Community Transportation: Mobility for All! DalTRAC students will have posters displayed throughout the entire conference related to topics such as transportation sustainability, accessibility, smartphone use and travel, risk assessment and emission modelling.

For more information about the CTNS Conference please visit http://communitytransitns.ca/events/

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