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Assessing the Gap: Analyzing Campus Transportation Infrastructure 

The project's objective is to deliver an audit framework for assessing existing transportation infrastructure on post secondary campuses, measured against standardized key performance indicators. The framework prescribes an analysis to be completed on two different fronts - student perspectives and actual existing conditions. Firstly, a student focused perspective; transportation modes within campus are analyzed by students via a survey to produce a transportation report card. A similar report card is then produced based on the actual transportation infrastructure in and around campus.These two reports can then be used to examine the gaps between existing infrastructure and user experiences to help provide better guidance not only for future projects, but also communication of transportation modes across campus. 

By using the University of Toronto, St. George campus as a preliminary trial, an extension of the study includes assessing the St. George Campus' Master Plan and amended Secondary Plan's transportation proposals to determine if the plans' proposals address the shortcomings of the audit's findings. The aim for this auditing methodology is to provide post secondary institutions a method to assess mobility gaps within post-secondary campuses through a student-oriented perspective.

The ultimate goal for this project has been to develop a self-evaluation scoring mechanism that will allow the City of Toronto and all institutions within it collect primary data on the opinions and perspectives of the student demographic regarding transportation infrastructure. Given that the student demographic is one with sporadic travel behaviour and patterns, it is often difficult to collect reliable data that will predict demand and future infrastructure needs. Through this project and report card assessment system, we aim to better understand the student travel profile within our region. 

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PDF iconMalek Abdel-Shehid, Zahra Ansarilari, Pritha Karmaker, Jacob Malleau, and Sabrina Samin (2019). Assessing the Gap: Analyzing campus Transportation Infrastructure: A Transportation Report Card Framework and Methodology. A research report. Toronto: CA. School of Cities, University of Toronto.

Read about the fascinating work this academy group has completed in their final report. Learn more about their acomplishments on their website!

 

Working Group Members

Pritha Karmaker

Pritha Karmaker

(Undergraduate Representative) – Bachelors in Geography and Planning

Pritha is an undergraduate student in the Geography and Planning department at the University of Toronto. She has a background in land use planning research, and is interested in how policy changes affect real estate trends across commercial and residential developments. An early understanding of what mass urban revitalization looks and feels like has driven her deep interest and passion for city building initiatives. The lived experiences of analyzing changing land forms and infrastructural developments in real time has offered her an invaluable lesson in urban placemaking practices. Through her professional, academic, and personal experiences, Pritha has developed a strong understanding of how infrastructure, planning initiatives, and services contribute to the economic and social vitality of a city, while remaining committed to offering an empathetic and engaged perspective on urban issues.

Jacob Malleau

Jacob Malleau

(Graduate Representative) – Masters of Cities Engineering and Management

Jacob is a graduate student in the Master’s of Cities Engineering and Management program. He is passionate about the design of efficient, sustainable, and livable cities. His background is in applied mathematics and mechanical engineering, which he studied at Queen’s University prior to working for two years in building design (i.e., HVAC, plumbing systems). Through his education and work experience, Jacob became increasingly interested in the policy side of decisions that inform urban innovation and planning, which brought him to the University of Toronto to study systems at a city scale.

Sabrina Samin

Sabrina Samin

Masters of Cities Engineering and Management

Sabrina is a Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management candidate at the University of Toronto, with a particular focus on infrastructure resilience planning. Sabrina holds an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning specialized in the intersection of Urban Design, Land Development and Transportation. Complementary to her academic training, Sabrina is also a practicing Multimodal Transportation Planner working in the planning/engineering consulting space. By combining her work and studies, Sabrina is fascinated by the human experience around mobility hubs and transit-oriented development schemes. She hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the urban challenges associated with station area planning, with the goal of directly apply possible findings to her current practice.

Malek Abdel-Shehid

Malek Abdel-Shehid

Bachelor in Human Geography

Malek is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a double Major in Human Geography, with a Focus in Planning, and Diaspora & Transnational Studies. He is also pursuing a Minor in African Studies. His major areas of interest include Black geographies, as well as urban planning specifically with relation to public transit, mobility, and the education system. After completing his undergrad, he hopes to pursue a Master’s in Geography or in Planning.

Zahra Ansarilari

Zahra Ansarilari

PhD in Transportation Planning

Zahra is a PhD candidate in transportation planning and engineering under supervision of Dr. Amer Shalaby. Her focus is to increase the level of service quality in public transit system. Now she is working on minimizing transfer times through timetables synchronization. Besides her education, Zahra has always been interested in helping people as much as she can. Her passion is to help to improve equity and provide all the people with the same chance to success. In her path to do this, Zahra have been involved in the first Iranian charity group at the university of Toronto since 2016