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North America

Canada: Taking road and highway congestion seriously

CPCS experts help the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) combat highway congestion by identifying top traffic bottlenecks in Canada. The challenge Highway congestion in Canada costs people billions of dollars every year. Canadians lose countless of hours behind the wheel — hours that could be used to be productive at work. This is not to mention […]

Alberta: Transit solutions to reduce congestion in Banff

CPCS considers options for adding rail and bus transit from Calgary to Banff as congestion exceeds road capacity. The challenge As Canada’s oldest national park becomes increasingly popular, congestion from Calgary to Banff just keeps getting worse. Visitors can expect longer travel times, more greenhouse gas emissions, increased traffic in wildlife corridors and an overall […]

Florida: Solving the high rate of passenger rail incidents

CPCS study suggests how to make passenger rail service safer for everybody.    The challenge In 2017 alone, the State of Florida reported 40 deaths due to collisions with high-speed passenger rail trains. That’s four times the national average in terms of death per miles traveled. It’s unclear as to why rail transit in Florida […]

North America: Tracking the Great Lakes with Blue Accounting

CPCS supports the Blue Accounting initiative to track performance of binational maritime system. The challenge Blue Accounting is a data-driven initiative put together by local governors to provide cutting-edge information services about the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Maritime system. The movement aims to gather data on three broad objectives: Increase maritime trade and […]

Canada: Readying the Canada Port Authorities for modernization

Transport Canada chooses CPCS experts to inspire Modernization Review for Canada Port Authorities. The challenge Canada Port Authorities (CPAs) manage 17 of the country’s most strategic ports. They are important enablers of Canadian trade. Ensuring that CPAs can continue to support the competitiveness of the country’s economy by facilitating the movement of goods and passengers […]

Minnesota: The most congestioned highways in Minneapolis

Identifying the worst congestion spots is a first step in making transportation better on highways in Minnesota. The challenge Truck drivers in Minnesota often cite congestion on the Twin Cities highways as one of the most significant transportation challenges. When merchandise gets stuck in traffic, the region’s economic competitiveness and growth suffer. Addressing congestion requires […]

Ontario: Traffic projections for a federal bridge corporation

Statistical model shows how traffic projections and bridge utilization impact toll revenues for two competing bridge operators.  The challenge The new Gordie Howe International Bridge (GHIB) coming in 2024 will connect Detroit and Windsor by linking I-75 and I-96, Michigan with Highway 401, Ontario. But will traffic projections on the GHIB impact a longstanding Ontario-Michigan […]

Halifax: Case for a commuter rail saved millions of dollars

Halifax Regional Municipality confidently reviewed its options for a commuter rail project based on feasibility study and clear costs. The challenge The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) wanted to know if a commuter rail service would be a viable alternative to road transport. So the municipality hired CPCS to find out. “Market and financial uncertainty are […]

Ohio: Making the most out of its maritime transport system

CPCS-led maritime strategy helps the State of Ohio propel its long-term economic competitiveness and growth. The challenge Maritime traffic in Ohio is declining. The question is how can Ohio better leverage its maritime transport assets along Lake Erie and the Ohio River? To find out, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) asked CPCS. Managing Partner […]

U.S.: How do agencies manage transportation research programs?

New report provides state transportation agencies a framework to organize publicly-funded research programs for maximum impact. The challenge Good data and good research are key to enhancing transportation systems over time. But are state Departments of Transportations (DOTs) following standards and best practices in managing their transportation research programs? “Surprisingly, there’s no comprehensive scientific body […]