Commercial Package Delivery through Public Transportation Systems in Rural States

The purpose of this project is to provide the Small Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility with additional information and greater understanding of the feasibility of last mile package delivery for commercial entities via public transportation in rural areas. This project will investigate innovative “last mile” package delivery systems and how rural public transportation systems may have a role in the process. It will include a synthesis of current last mile package delivery practices in public transportation systems in rural states; an analysis of state policies regarding the use of public transportation for package delivery; and an estimate of demand, capacity need, and revenue generation for rural transit systems in regard to last mile package delivery. This feasibility study will also include recommendations for policy and planning.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project ID #4W8852

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Western Transportation Institute

    Montana State University, Bozeman
    P.O. Box 174250
    Bozeman, MT  United States  59717-4250
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hamre, Andrea

  • Start Date: 20201201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20211130
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01764676
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Small Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility
  • Contract Numbers: Project ID #4W8852
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 10 2021 2:00PM