Needs, Barriers, and Analysis Methods for Integrated Urban Freight Transportation

A reliable system for the flow of goods is critical to the U.S. economy and to our quality of life. However, this activity is adversely affected by congested conditions and scarcity of suitable spaces for loading and unloading vehicles, and itself contributes to urban congestion, emissions, energy use and safety hazards. The proposed study seeks to help policy makers, planners, and other practitioners to identify and assess alternatives for ensuring efficient and reliable freight movement by trucks in large urban areas while minimizing the negative impacts (e.g., congestion, air pollution, safety, etc.) of freight deliveries. A set of alternatives called urban delivery integration (UDI) strategies will be analyzed. These include (1) improved routing and scheduling efficiency, (2) consolidation of goods for multiple shippers and customers on common vehicles, and (3) restrictions of deliveries to relatively uncongested periods. To analyze such alternatives, the project will identify and classify various UDI-related schemes through literature review and discussions with private and public sector experts, and develop new algorithms for efficiently managing urban goods deliveries. These algorithms will determine through optimization procedures (1) which vehicles should carry each shipment, and (2) how the multi-stop tours should be routed and scheduled for each vehicle, subject to constraints on vehicle capabilities, costs, pick-up and delivery times, work rules, service quality, environmental effects, energy consumption, and other relevant factors.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center

    Pennsylvania State University
    201 Transportation Research Building
    University Park, PA  United States  16802-4710
  • Performing Organizations:

    West Virginia University, Morgantown

    Research Foundation, P.O. Box 6845
    Morgantown, WV  United States  26506

    Morgan State University

    1700 E. Coldspring Lane
    Baltimore, Maryland  United States  21251

    University of Maryland, College Park

    College Park, MD  United States  20742
  • Principal Investigators:

    Unnikrishnan, Avinash

    Shin, Hyeon-Shic

    Schonfeld, Paul

  • Start Date: 20120914
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 32664

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01503752
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC03, MAUTC-2012-05
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 17 2014 1:00AM