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Road Today - - Contents - Manan Gupta Ed­i­tor @gup­ta­manan

TThanks for your con­tin­ued pa­tron­age to our award-win­ning mag­a­zine serv­ing Canada’s mul­ti­cul­tural trans­porta­tion in­dus­try! In­side you will find the lat­est de­vel­op­ments and up­dates re­lated to the in­dus­try plus all the reg­u­lar col­umns and fea­tures.

Canada’s top 20 most con­gested traf­fic bot­tle­necks may cover just 65 kilo­me­tres, but they col­lec­tively cost driv­ers over 11.5 mil­lion hours and drain an ex­tra 22 mil­lion litres of fuel per year. Stud­ies show that bot­tle­necks are the sin­gle big­gest con­trib­u­tor to road de­lay, far out­pac­ing traf­fic ac­ci­dents, in­clement weather and con­struc­tion. In this edi­tion, we bring to you in­ter­est­ing find­ings of Grind­ing to a Halt, Eval­u­at­ing Canada’s Worst Bot­tle­necks, a first of its kind study re­leased by the Cana­dian Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion (CAA). The study pro­vides data based ev­i­dence for de­ci­sion-mak­ers at the fed­eral, pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal level to use when mak­ing de­ci­sions on in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment and en­vi­ron­ment pol­icy.

The on­line world of­fers tremen­dous con­ve­nience, but also car­ries pri­vacy risks. Clicks and web­site vis­its leave data trails for busi­nesses and mar­keters. A post or photo can live on in cy­berspace for­ever, even if you think you’ve deleted it. And crim­i­nals have so­phis­ti­cated ways to ac­cess your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. So take con­trol of your on­line pri­vacy with some prac­ti­cal tips fea­tur­ing on Page 32.

The win­ter of 2017 has been a mixed af­fair so far. We saw a va­ri­ety of ex­treme tem­per­a­tures along with vary­ing lev­els of pre­cip­i­ta­tion. How­ever, things could change dras­ti­cally in a short time with snow ac­cu­mu­la­tion, freez­ing rain and a big snow storm dis­rupt­ing daily lives. We re­quest and en­cour­age all road users es­pe­cially com­mer­cial mo­tor ve­hi­cle (CMV) driv­ers to stay alert and drive ac­cord­ing to weather con­di­tions. The cur­rent edi­tion car­ries use­ful in­for­ma­tive con­tent aimed to make your trip safer.

The Smart Trucker sem­i­nar se­ries pre­sented by Road To­day Me­dia Group and Bruce Outridge En­ter­prises is aimed to help driv­ers and owner op­er­a­tors be­come suc­cess­ful at their po­si­tions and busi­nesses. For 2017, we have sched­uled mul­ti­ple events to be held at strate­gic lo­ca­tions in On­tario. The se­ries will kick off on April 11th in Mis­sis­sauga and we look for­ward to bring­ing to­gether an in­for­ma­tive event. At­ten­dance is free but reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired and can be done at www.road­to­day.com/smart­trucker

The 9th An­nual Road To­day Show & Job Fair will be or­ga­nized at the Soccer Cen­tre in Bramp­ton on May 27th. Like pre­vi­ous years, there will be plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing trade show, job fair, kids & fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment and lots more. We thank all the sug­ges­tions and feed­back sent our way to make your visit a mem­o­rable one.

Plan ahead, be pre­pared and drive safe. Al­ways re­mem­ber; some­one home is wait­ing for you.

Theof Trans­porta­tionOn­tario Min­istry (MTO) has sig­naled the in­tro­duc­tion of its next phase of the Long Com­bi­na­tion Ve­hi­cles (LCV) Pro­gram, which in­cludes elim­i­nat­ing cer­tain caps on the num­ber of LCV units per fleet, new ve­hi­cle con­fig­u­ra­tions and sev­eral high­way net­work ex­pan­sions On­tario’s LCV pro­gram started in 2009 and was the re­sult of a mul­ti­year col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween in­dus­try and the prov­ince to in­tro­duce these con­fig­u­ra­tions.

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