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About 2018-10-16T15:57:41+00:00

StudentMoveTO is a collaborative partnership that will generate insights, debates, and actions to improve transportation experiences of post-secondary students in the GTHA.

We are supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant, five partner universities, and four partner government and community organizations with a goal of better understanding your #commuterwoes.

We are StudentMoveTO.

Each day, over 600,000 Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) students feel the challenges of getting around the region.

The decentralization of population and higher education in the GTHA has created a new geography of unmet challenges regarding transportation equity in the region. Our regions’ current infrastructure – whether you’re traveling by car, bike or public transit – is not always sufficient. Transportation policies and data are not currently responsive to the unique needs of students.

These challenges impact students especially. Students in the GTHA make up over 600,000 people who travel daily across a region of 8, 296.8 sq km . These numbers place particular demands for service on an already crowded transportation system. Not only do a high number of students live off-campus, they also must travel to other locations for work and leisure. Colleges and universities in the GTHA are spread throughout the region, containing both downtown and suburban campuses. At this scale, time spent on both transit and the road is one factor that limits students’ ability to engage in campus activities in and outside of the classroom.

The issue of student travel extends beyond students themselves. The vitality and success of the colleges and universities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region depends on options for students to reach all campuses effectively at all hours of the day so that they can take advantage of opportunities and meet demands of campus life. Students participating fully in their communities, as well as their studies, enriches the vitality of the GTHA as a whole.

Universities and planning authorities can work together to solve some of these issues when we have the evidence. Students’ transportation needs and challenges can be incorporated into campus planning and urban policy.

Raktim Mitra • Principal Investigator

OUR

IMPACT

One,

to generate conversation between students, scholars, post-secondary institutions, policy makers and communities about the importance of addressing students’ travel needs in planning and policy making

Two, 

through utilizing a strong partnership and while expanding to all GTHA Colleges and Universities, we will provide first-of-its kind data and insights on topics identified through a collaborative effort, which can be used to inform public policy and bring change

Three,

create a substantive publicly available resources to enable teaching, collaborative research and policy making for post-secondary institutions, and public and private organizations across Canada

Four,

in the longer term, there is an opportunity to pursue a province-wide or national collaboration

  OUR

TEAM

RAKTIM MITRAprincipal investigator
Ryerson University,
School of Urban and Regional Planning

DAVID AMBORSKIcollaborator
Ryerson University,
School of Urban and Regional Planning
JEREMY BOWESco-applicant
OCAD University,
Faculty of Design
Graduate Studies
RON BULIUNGcollaborator
University of Toronto,
Department of Geography & Planning

SARA DIAMONDcollaborator
OCAD University,
President and Vice-Chancellor
STEVEN FARBERcollaborator
University of Toronto,
Department of Geography & Planning
DANIEL HOORNWEGco-applicant
University of Ontario Institute of Technology,
Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science
ROGER KEILco-applicant
York University,
Faculty of Environmental Studies
ERIC MILLERcollaborator
University of Toronto,
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
KHANDKER NURUL HABIBco-applicant
University of Toronto,
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
DARREN SCOTTcollaborator
McMaster University,
School of Geography & Earth Sciences
MATTI SIEMIATYCKIco-applicant
University of Toronto,
Department of Geography & Planning
ERIC VAZcollaborator
Ryerson University,
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
PATRICIA WOODcollaborator
York University,
Department of Geography
DAVIN MCCULLYproject manager
Ryerson University,
School of Urban and Regional Planning
CATHERINE HUYNH research assistant
Ryerson University,
School of Urban and Regional Planning

OUR PARTNERS