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Urban Freight Featured Project

Investigating the Potential for Truck Lanes in Urban Areas

The “Investigating the Potential for Truck Lanes in Urban Areas” was initiated by the Transportation Association of Canada and was funded by Metrolinx, the Region of Peel, Ministry of Transportation Ontario and several other Canadian municipalities and government agencies. The Study is intended to assist transportation professionals to make more informed decisions regarding the potential use of truck lanes in Canadian urban areas. It is based on the findings of a literature review, stakeholder interviews, and analyses of various truck lane configurations in different Canadian cities conducted specifically for this document.

Truck lanes are a relatively new concept and there is little information about them, particularly for Canadian urban areas. Truck lanes are defined as a lane for preferential truck use where trucks are separated from other traffic either through physical or operational treatments. The purpose of these lanes is to reduce travel time, improve system reliability and safety, and reduce emissions in the movement of goods in urban areas. The Study identifies eight truck lane types and conducts case studies in Canadian cities for six of these types to reveal new planning, design, operation, analysis, and evaluation considerations for urban truck lanes in Canada. A Resource Document and Technical Report were produced as part of this work which together finds many critical knowledge gaps regarding truck lanes, while also recommending research and next steps to address these gaps.

A primer is available for review, which provides an overview of the work undertaken. The full reports will be made available on the Transportation Association of Canada’s webpage in the Summer of 2013 (http://www.tac-atc.ca/).