Ahmed El-Geneidy




Ph.D., Portland State University (USA)
M.Arch., Alexandria University (Egypt)
B.Sc., Alexandria University (Egypt)

Office: Macdonald-Harrington Building, Room 401
Tel. 514/ 398 8741
Fax 514/ 398 8376

ahmed.elgeneidy [at] mcgill.ca (Email)
Research Group Page




PhD Opportunities in Transport and Land Use and Public and Active Transport Planning, Operations and Equity at McGill University

The Transportation Research at McGill (TRAM) research laboratory at McGill University’s School of Urban Planning invites expressions of interest in pursuing doctoral research on a range of transport and land use-related topics beginning in Fall 2021.

Transport represents the vital link between people and the opportunities and activities that shape everything from individual financial, physical and social wellbeing to collective climate action, environmental sustainability and economic development. Selected PhD students will work under the direction of Prof. Ahmed El-Geneidy as members of the TRAM research group, which brings together faculty, practitioners and students to conduct practice and policy-ready research on the complex and evolving intersection between transport and land-use systems. For more information about the TRAM research group please visit https://tram.mcgill.ca/ . Students will be expected to work on multiple federally supported research projects in one or more of the following areas: transport and land use; travel behaviour; public and active transport planning, operations and equity; and measuring the impacts of major infrastructure projects.

Three years of funding is available based on merits. Qualified students may also be eligible for additional fellowships or awards.

Successful candidates must demonstrate an interest and grounding in transport with a master’s degree or higher in planning or a related field. Knowledge and experience in public health is also a plus. Robust experience with statistical and geospatial analysis and excellent English writing and oral-communication skills are essential. At least a working knowledge of French is also desirable.

Interested candidates should send a preliminary e-mail to Prof. Ahmed El-Geneidy at ahmed.elgeneidy [at] mcgill.ca no later than Dec. 30, 2020, with a brief description of their interest and qualifications. The e-mail should include a CV, names of two references, and an unofficial transcript of all previous coursework. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview by Zoom in January. Prospective students must submit their final application through McGill’s online system by January 15, 2021, for a position beginning September 2021.


Professional and research interests


Land-use and transport planning; public transport planning and operations; applications of GIS in transport planning; transport economics; measurements of accessibility; intelligent transportation systems; non-motorized travel modes and behaviour (bicycle and pedestrian); effects of transport infrastructure on travel behaviour and land value.

Professional Affiliations

Ahmed is currently serving as an editor for the Journal of Transport and Land Use. He is also serving as the chair and board member of the World Society on Transport and Land use Research (WSTLUR) (2018 – 2021). He is currently serving on the board of directors for the regional public transport authority in Montreal Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM), where he also serves on the committee in charge of the customer experience (Comité chargé de la qualité des services aux usagers de transport collectif). He is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Public Transportation Planning and Development, AP025 (2011 - 2014; 2014 - 2017; & 2017 - 2020) and Public Transportation Marketing and Fare Policy, AP030 (2012 – 2015, 2015 - 2018, & 2018 - 2021).


Ph.D. Dissertation

The use of advanced information technology in urban public transportation systems: An evaluation of bus stop consolidation policy


Courses taught at McGill University

URBP 504 Planning for Active Transp. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

URBP 536 Current Issues in Transp 1 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

URBP 537 Current Issues in Transp 2 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

URBP 608 Advanced GIS Applications 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

URBP 619 Land Use & Transport Planning 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

URBP 620 Transport Economics 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Selected recent publications

* Denotes Graduate or Undergraduate Student


Steinmetz-Wooda, M., El-Geneidy, A., Ross, N. (2020). Moving to policy-amenable options for built environment research: The role of micro-scale neighborhood environment in promoting walking. Health and Place, 66, 1-8.

*Boisjoly, G., *Deboosere, R., Wasfi, R., Orpana, H., Manaugh, K., Buliung, R. & El-Geneidy, A. (2020). Accessibility to healthcare via public transport across Canada. Transport and Health, 18, 1-14.

*Boisjoly, G., Lachapelle, U., & El-Geneidy, A. (2020). Are we connected? Assessing bicycle network performance through directness and connectivity measures, a Montreal, Canada case study. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 14(8) 620-634.

*Boisjoly, G., Serra, B., Oliveira, G., & El-Geneidy, A. (2020). Inequity in transit: Evaluating public transport distribution through accessibility measurements in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Recife, Brazil. Journal of Transport Geography, 82, 1-11.

*Cui, B., Boisjoly, G., Miranda-Moreno, L., & El-Geneidy, A. (2020). Accessibility matters: Exploring the determinants of public transport mode share across income groups in Canadian cities. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 80, 1-16.

*Cui, B., Boisjoly, G., Wasfi, R., Orpana, H., Manaugh, K., Buliung, R., Kestens, Y., & El-Geneidy A. (2020). Spatial access by public transport and likelihood of healthcare consultations at hospitals. Transportation Research Record.

DeWeese, J., *Hawa, L., *Demyk, H., *Davey, Z., *Belikow, A., El-Geneidy A. (2020). A tale of 40 cities: A preliminary analysis of equity impacts of COVID-19 service adjustments across North America. Transport Findings.

*DeWeese, J., & El-Geneidy, A. (2020). Commuters’ assessment of public transport as a “reasonable” option. Transportation Research Record.

*DeWeese, J., & El-Geneidy, A. (2020). How travel purpose interacts with predictors of individual driving behavior in greater Montreal. Transportation Research Record.

Gerber, P., El-Geneidy, A., Manaugh, K., Lord, S. (2020). From Workplace Attachment to Commuter Satisfaction before and after a Workplace Relocation. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 71, 168-181.

Ross, T., *Bilas, P., Buliung, El-Geneidy, A (2020). A scoping review of accessible student transport services for children with disabilities. Transport Policy, 95, 57-67.


*Deboosere, R., *Kerrigan, R., Wachsmuth, D. & El-Geneidy, A. (2019). Location, location, and professionalization: A multilevel hedonic analysis of Airbnb listing prices and revenue. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 6 (1), 143–156.

*Chaloux, N., & El-Geneidy, A. (2019). Rules of the road: Compliance and defiance among the different types of cyclists. Transportation Research Record.

*Chaloux, N., *Boisjoly, G., *Grisé, E., El-Geneidy, A., & Levinson, D. (2019). I only get some satisfaction: Introducing satisfaction into measures of accessibility. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 62, 833-843.

*Cui, B., *Boisjoly, G., El-Geneidy, A., & Levinson, D. (2019). Accessibility, equity, and the journey to work. Journal of Transport Geography, 74, 269-277.

*Cui, B., & El-Geneidy, A. (2019). Accessibility, equity, and mode share: A comparative analysis across 11 Canadian metropolitan areas. Transport Findings.

*Cui, B., Grisé, E., Stewart, A., & El-Geneidy, A. (2019). Measuring the added effectiveness of using detailed spatial and temporal data in generating accessibility measures. Transport Findings.

*Grisé, E., & El-Geneidy, A. (2019). Transferring matters: An analysis of the influence of transfers on trip satisfaction. Transportation Research Record.

*Grisé, E., *Boisjoly, G., *Maguire, M., & El-Geneidy, A. (2019). Elevating access: Comparing accessibility to jobs by public transport for individuals with and without a physical disability. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 125, 280-293.

*Grisé, E., *Cui, B., *Turim, A., Manaugh, K., & El-Geneidy, A. (2019). The impacts of varying survey design on reported trip satisfaction. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 60, 761-769.

*Viellette, M., *Grisé, E., & El-Geneidy, A. (2019). Does one bicycle facility type fit all? Evaluating the stated usage of different types of bicycle facilities among cyclists in Quebec City, Canada. Transportation Research Record, 2673(6) 650-663.


*Boisjoly, G., *Grisé, E., *Maguire, M., *Veillette, M., *Deboosere, R., *Berrebi, E., & El-Geneidy, A. (2018). Invest in the ride: A 14 year longitudinal analysis of the determinants of public transport ridership in 25 North American cities. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 116, 434-445.

*Boisjoly, G., Wasfi, R., & El-Geneidy, A. (2018). How much is enough? Assessing the influence of neighborhood walkability on undertaking 10-minutes walks. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 11(1), 143–151.

*Deboosere, R., & El-Geneidy, A. (2018). Evaluating equity and accessibility to jobs by public transport across Canada. Journal of Transport Geography, 73, 54-63.

*Deboosere, R., Levinson, D., & El-Geneidy, A. (2018). Accessibility-oriented development. Journal of Transport Geography, 70, 11-20.

*Grisé, E., & El-Geneidy, A. (2018). Where is the happy transit rider? Evaluating satisfaction with regional rail service using a spatial segmentation approach. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 114, 84-96.

*Grisé, E., & El-Geneidy, A. (2018). If we build it, who will benefit? A multi-criteria analysis for the prioritization of new bicycle lanes in Quebec City, Canada. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 11(10), 217–235.

*van Lierop, D., & El-Geneidy, A. (2018). Public image: Determining the effects of users’ image of public transit on loyalty. Public Transport: Planning and Operations, 10(2), 241-256.

*van Lierop, D., Badami, M., & El-Geneidy, A. (2018). What influences satisfaction and loyalty in public transit? A critical review of the literature. Transport Reviews, 38(1), 52-72.

*Veillette, M., *Grisé, E., & El-Geneidy, A. (2018). Park 'n' Roll: Identifying and prioritizing locations for new bicycle parking in Quebec City, Canada. Transportation Research Record.

*Veillette, M., Wasfi, R., Ross, N., & El-Geneidy, A. (2018). Small steps, big differences: Assessing the validity of using home and work locations to estimate walking distances to transit. Transportation Research Record.

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