Three UM researchers have received grants to study public transport issues and identify gaps and opportunities to support policy makers and service providers. These Knowledge Synthesis Grants are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Infrastructure Canada.
The UM recipients are Paul Larson, CN Professor of Supply Chain Management at Asper School of Business; Orly Linovski, Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture, and Adele Perry, Director of the UM Center for Human Rights Research and an Honored Professor of History.
“Mobility is freedom, but only if it is efficient, sustainable and works for all Canadians,” said The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry. “The researchers the Government of Canada supports through this initiative will do the work that supports evidence-based investment and innovative decision-making. In this way, we will reshape Canada’s public transportation systems to be the fairest, most sustainable and effective, and help Canadians connect after such distant times. ”
The proposed study takes into account“ external environmental benefits and concerns for the local public transport, active and integrated transport ”. It combines and extends defined topics of modal shift and environmental aspects. This includes social and environmental benefits of transit that go beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Modal shifts, especially from automobiles to active and integrated transport, are considered due to their potential impact on public health and traffic congestion and emissions.
Given the importance of achieving social justice goals, this knowledge synthesis project will examine key issues related to traffic justice and explore how public transport investments, policies and programs can help achieve a fairer society. While traffic justice has received increasing academic and political attention, there is strong evidence that equality-seeking groups in Canada (such as racist groups, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2S people, people with disabilities, people in poverty, immigrants and refugees, women , Young people and senior citizens) are confronted with traffic obstacles that can limit full participation in society. Understanding the impact of transit policies on justice is especially important when you consider that governments across Canada are committed to reducing structural inequalities and racism.
Missing the Bus examines what we know and don’t know how public transport and the lack of it shape the lives of indigenous women and two-spirit-plus people in western Canada. The erosion of public transport in the past two decades has had an obvious impact on the safety or lack of it for indigenous women and indigenous two-minded, non-binary, lesbian, gay, trans and bisexual people referred to as “Two-Spirit Plus” “In this study. Local public transport is a place where indigenous women and Two-Spirit-Plus people can become victims of violence. However, the lack or scarcity of public transport can also exacerbate the attacks on Indigenous women and Two Spirit Plus people and reduce their ability to leave unsafe situations, places and circumstances. “Missing the Bus” examines the connections between unequal mobility, mobility equality and the special context of indigenous women and Two-Spirit Plus people in Western Canada.
Research at the University of Manitoba is funded in part by the Government of Canada Research Support Fund supports.
Asper School of Business, Urban Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Art, History, Research and International Affairs, Institute of Transport
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