BRAMPTON, ONT. — In an attempt to ease traffic congestion, the Region of Peel, Ont. will begin its first Off-Peak Delivery (OPD) pilot project this month in participation with the LCBO, Loblaw Companies Limited, PepsiCo, Walmart Canada Corp, and Weston Foods.
The objective of the OPD pilot project is to help optimize highways and major road networks both within Peel and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), focusing on where freight is moving, how to best use the available capacities of existing transportation infrastructure, and where Ontarians can benefit from new investment in transportation infrastructure, states a Region of Peel release.
Deloitte Canada will be acting as advisers on the pilot project, which will run from now to September. The University of Toronto, McMaster University and York University will contribute their expertise through the Smart Freight Centre, an initiative led by the region.
Metrolinx will provide a financial contribution to support the research and innovation component of the initiative, which aligns with the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan, adds the release. The Atmospheric Fund will also provide project funding, supporting the agency’s mandate to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution in the GTHA.
“Peel Region’s goods movement industry contributes $48.8 billion worth of GDP to the regional, provincial and national economy,” said Gary Kocialek, director of transportation for the Region of Peel, in a statement. “The off-peak delivery pilot will help understand how using our existing infrastructure more efficiently can reduce congestion, improve business operations, while supporting the quality of life within our communities.”