Urban Freight and Planning

Goods movement in urban areas is increasing due to globalized supply chains and shifting residential purchasing behavior. The resulting travel is central to the economic health of the US but is also linked to environmental and congestion concerns. These trends will continue making this an important issue for transport and land use planners. The goal of this study is to document best practice nationally and internationally around city logistics particularly efforts linked to local, regional, and state government land use and transport planning efforts. The research team will also analyze the state-of-the-practice in the southeastern United States to understand what practices are currently being utilized around urban freight and the market penetration of best practices. Finally, the team will prepare a research design for an in-depth study of city logistics innovation in a southeastern city. The team will utilize qualitative approaches to study best practices and the state of the practice. The team anticipate reviewing transportation and freight plans from US and international cities, 2) reviewing professional guidelines from USDOT, state DOTs and other groups, e.g. NACTO, ITE, and 3) conducting interviews with area experts from state departments of transportations, cities, and academia. The team expect to find the majority of southeastern cities currently make limited accommodations for city logistics through their planning practices, but that a small number of larger cities, particularly those with a strong manufacturing presence, are considering or implementing innovative practices.


  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $81773
  • Contract Numbers:


  • 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: 0
  • 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