Urban Freight and Planning (Project C2)

This research project presents an overview of the literature on urban freight and comparison of minimum requirements for freight loading spaces in the 20 largest cities in the United States, as well as the four most populous cities in North Carolina. The study provides insights on a topic that is little understood: how U.S. cities provide and manage infrastructure for urban freight delivery. This multi-methods study assesses the requirements for off-street and on-street loading spaces, drawing from quantitative and qualitative data collected from municipal zoning codes, planning documents, news stories, and interviews with local planners and transportation engineers. The findings indicate that requirements vary widely across the cities. While requirements for off-street loadings spaces are move prevalent, particularly for larger business, requirements for on-street loading spaces are less likely to be codified and depend heavily on the availability of curb space. This study provides a general overview of how freight loading spaces are provided and managed in larger U.S. cities and supports the need for improving the supply of freight loading spaces to meet the growing demand for urban freight deliveries spurred by e-commerce.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $81773
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)

    University of Florida
    365 Weil Hall
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    UNC-CH New East Building
    Campus Box #3140
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina  United States  27599-3140

    University of Florida Transportation Institute

    P.O. Box 116580
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
  • Principal Investigators:

    McDonald, Noreen

  • Start Date: 20180801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20191231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210617
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01679896
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747104
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2018 12:05PM