Posts about Research

How Fares Can Impact Access to Opportunities

May 22, 2022

"Premium" transit (such as commuter rail) can create gaps between what is accessible when fare money is limited. I outline a recently published study exploring this gap in seven major U.S. urban areas.

Do We Need Behaviour Models in Transit Planning?

November 09, 2021

Is prediction necessary for good transit planning? Alex Karner and I elaborate on a recent exchange with public transit consultant Jarrett Walker.

Five Minute Findings: Cycling and Infrastructure

August 16, 2021

A quick look at recent studies on cycling infrastructure, complete networks, and getting it built.

Did VIA's Reliability Improve in 2020?

May 02, 2021

Comparing VIA Rail arrival data from 2019 to 2020 to learn if the Coronavirus had an impact on the reliability of operations.

The Ridership Return Question

January 15, 2021

When, how, and why will transit ridership bounce back? Industry experts express optimism for a 2-5 year ridership recovery.

The new age of on-demand transit in Canada

September 20, 2020

What we learned from talking demand-responsive transit with Canadian cities and vendors.

All Aboard (Eventually)

December 01, 2019

A data-driven exploration of VIA Rail's reliability in Ontario and Québec.

The Transit Freedom Calculator

August 29, 2019

Introducing an application to quantify relative 'transit freedom' in a city.

The Unpredictable Bus

January 02, 2019

Exploring the challenge of transit reliability from a mathematical modelling perspective.