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This web page is intended to help you find information for the urban transportation industry. If you need help, please contact Nina Smart, Liaison Librarian, at 778.782.5043 (Monday (wfh) to Thursday ), or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, help is available at Ask a librarian.
Note: Several industry resources use North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), so refer to:
NAICS 48 - 49 Transportation and Warehousing or the United Nations
International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC) "H", starting p. 194
For resources using Standard industrial Classification for Transportation industries see Division E
To find Canadian industries start with a keyword search such as: transport Canada
IBISWorld Insutry Reports
Path for sample search: click on Industry Research > Canada (NAICS) > Transportation and Warehousing In Canada (starting with 48)
DMTI Spatial (part of the Abacus Dataverse)
GIS data products, such as national rail network and transit lines
See also: Finding data & statistics / GIS & maps for assistance with microdata files, quantitative survey research data, geospatial data and maps
Statistics Canada sources
Transportation Key indicators
Main Statistics Canada subject page covering air, railway, road and water data and analysis (sample keywords: passenger bus; urban transit)
Passenger bus and urban transit statistics
Table: 23-10-0251-01 (formerly CANSIM 408-0013)
Transportation Data and Information Hub
"easy access to a comprehensive, timely and accessible source of multimodal transportation data"
Transportation and Warehousing (NAICS 48-49)
Canadian Industry Statistics
Transportation 2040 Plan
City of Vancouver
regional statistics on crashes, auto crime and vehicle and driver populations
Organizations and associations
Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC)
"safe, reliable, efficient and affordable air transportation of people and goods"
Canadian Transportation Research Forum
"promote the development of research in transportation and related fields" including their conference
Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA)
"help ensure that the national transportation system runs efficiently and smoothly in the interests of all Canadians"
Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA)
federation of provincial trucking associations
Railway Association of Canada (RAC)
Transportation Association of Canada
(TAC) "THE source for roadway-related technical documents, best practices, and national guidelines" including their conference
section of Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Limit to Transportation or Public Transit
University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI)
research on "roads, transit, freight and active transport modes (walk and bike) across a range of perspectives"
Victoria Transport Policy Institute
"independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems" (Victoria, B.C.)
Sample report: Well Measured: Developing Indicators for Comprehensive and Sustainable Transport Planning
Vision Zero Canada "campaigns for the elimination of traffic violence for all road users including drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists"
Encyclopedia of American Industries [online]
Select Volume 2, select Transportation, then look under NAICS 485
Plunkett's Transportation, Supply Chain & Logistics Industry Almanac 2021 [online]
American industry trends and statistics e.g. Self-driving cars, Bicycle sharing programs
Use NAICS, or click on US Industry Reports > Transportation and Warehousing
Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT)
"A Better Journey for Everyone"
Eno Center for Transportation
Professional development programs, policy forums, and publications
Transportation Research Board
"innovative, research-based solutions to improve transportation"including their conference (Annual Meeting)
Transportation Research Forum
"exchange of information and ideas related to both passenger and freight transportation" including their conference (Annual Forum)
Transportation and logistics
Industry Overview from PriceWaterhouseCoopers (mostly American)
Handbook on transport and urban planning in the developed world [online]
Routledge handbook of transportation [online]
for transportation planners and engineers
IBISWorld Industry Reports
Sample reports: "Rail Transportation in Canada" and "Rail Transportation in the US"
Mergent Industry Reports via Factiva
Largely autormotive coverage of the area of transport
Statista Search: Industries and categories (bottom of pages) / Transportation and Logistics, or keyword e.g. car-sharing New! Publication Finder under section "Expert Tools" is a way to find grey literature (e.g. reports and policy papers)
World Factbook CIA
U.S. government profiles of countries and territories around the world. Information on geography, people, government, transportation, economy, communications, etc.
Organizations and conferences
IRJ International Railway Journal
"managers, engineers and manufacturers of the world's railroads, commuter rail, metro, light rail and tram systems"
Institute of Transportation Engineers "association of transportation professionals who work to improve mobility and safety for all transportation system users"
Technical Resources topics include Complete Streets (active transportation) and Transportation and Health
International Transport Forum (OECD) "think tank for transport policy...covers all transport modes"
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy "Accelerate the growth of sustainable transport and urban development around the world"
WTO sector services
Passenger Transport OECD Data - other data includes passenger car registrations and road accidents
Railfuture (UK) "Campaigning for better rail services for passengers and freight"
Transport Research (RAND Europe) Sample project: Driving in the Future in Developing Countries
Transport Research & Innovation Portal (TRIP) "in-depth information on large programmes and specific projects across Europe and at national level"
UIC The Worldwide Railway Organisation "Promote rail transport at world level with the objective of optimally meeting current and future challenges of mobility and sustainable development"
Conference: Urban and Maritime Transport 2021 27th International Conference on Urban and Maritime Transport and the Environment.
Other notable conferences: Global Public Transport Summit (CUTA); Canadian Transportation Research Forum; Transportation Research Board annual meeting; and Transportation Association of Canada.
Journal article databases
Applied Science and Technology Index
Sample terms: Urban transportation; Urban transit systems; Public transit
Human geography, urban planning
Sample terms : Urban Transportation Economics; Transportation Planning
Sample terms: Sustainable transportation; Public transit
News and business articles
Business Source Complete
Industry articles and reports.
Start your reports search by clicking on Industry Profiles on the right side of the Business Source Complete screen (and keyword: transportation) or go straight to MarketLine Industry Profiles, where you can limit by railroads AND Europe, or transportation AND Canada, for example
Full text index on Canadian topics, including newspaper articles, business and industry publications, with a Canadian focus
International fulltext resource covering news, company and industry information (e.g. Transportation and then by Region such as Europe).
Can search by individual title (e.g. Railway Age)
You can also browse individual journals, such as:
- Journal of Transport Geography
- Transportation Research: A Policy and Practice; B Methodological; C Emerging Technologies ; D Transport and Environment; E the Logistics and and Transportation Review ; F Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
- Transportation Research Record
- Urban, Planning and Transport Research
The geography of urban transportation [print]
covers "passenger and freight dynamics in the American metropolis; the urban transportation planning process, including the use of GIS; and questions related to public transit, land use, energy, equity, environmental impacts, and more"
Handbook of research methods and applications in transport economics and policy (online)
"covering issues such as estimating cost functions, modelling of demand, dealing with externalities, examining industry ownership and structure, pricing and investment decisions and measuring economic impacts"
Urban access for the 21st century: finance and governance models for transport infrastructure (online)
"sets out a road map for the provision of urban access for all"
See also: Transportation titles in Urban Studies Background information
Lines of country: an atlas of railway and waterway history in Canada [print]
The story of Canadian roads [online and print]
Sample SFU Library Catalogue Subject headings:
- Transportation -- Passenger traffic (further subheadings such as: --Canada, --Government policy)
- Urban transportation -- Canada (--British Columbia, etc.)
- Urban transportation -- Economic aspects
Sustainable transportation resources
Sustainable transportation planning: tools for creating vibrant, healthy, and resilient communities [online and print]
An introduction to sustainable transportation : policy, planning and implementation [online and print]
Organizations and websites
Active transportation promotion and education (City of Vancouver)
Complete Streets for Canada
The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) designing safe streets
CUTA (Canadian Urban Transit Association)
"Canada’s Voice for Public Transit and Integrated Mobility" Many reports limited to CUTA members only
CHATR (Cities, Health and Active Transportation Research)
Plans and Projects Translink
American and international
Center for Transit Oriented Development CTOD (US)
"practices, policy reform, research, analysis, and investment tools to support TOD implementation"
Human Transit blog
"developments in public transit in the developed world, especially in North America"
Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development
United Nations 2016
National Center for Transit Research (US - archived 2020)
"to make public transportation and all other travel choices, safe, effective, efficient, desirable, and secure"
Public Transport Research Group (Australia)
"Research on public transport systems, users, planning and policy"
Sustainable Cities Mobility Index
2018 Arcadis Citizen Centric Cities
"We put transit in the center of cities" includes publications and a blog
Transport Politic (US)
Includes Transport Databook for US, and other information
Walking and biking
Biking and Walking in the United States
(US) 2018 benchmarking project with data on walking and cycling trends
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
Publications from the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
"sharing awesome routes with cyclists around the world" (sign up for full access)
"crowdsource tool for global mapping of cycling safety"
HUB Cycling "removing barriers to cycling in Metro Vancouver" includes maps and research
National Cycle Network
(UK) Key statistics and academic research, including results of Cycling City and Towns programme
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
(pedbikinfo, US) includes state-by-state information
Pedestrians First: Tools for a Walkable City
Institution for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP)
(UBC Research on Active Transportation)
blog to find the walkability of neighbourhoods and cities in US and Canada
Metro Vancouver including:
Transportation & Land Use Co-ordination
Resources For Transportation & Land Use Co-ordination
Regional Planning Data.
In addition, its Harry Lash Library, serving municipal staff and the public, has useful online materials
Center for Transportation Studies (UBC)
including research and projects
Note: Many of the resources on this page were gleaned from Mark Bodnar's business guide Industry Surveys, and thanks as well to MUrb alumnus Alex Thumm for other suggestions.