Overcoming Barriers to Freight and Logistics Firm Collaboration with Urban Planning (Project D5)

The growth of online commercial transactions by both individuals and businesses has altered the freight transport landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of e-commerce services, by an estimated three to five years. There are no indications that there will be a reversal to the past reliance on a ‘brick-and-mortar’ environment. This trend combined with the expected continuation of remote working, whether the pandemic continues or not, will change the landscape of road users, especially in urban settings. In recognition of this new environment, this research has been formulated to address the impact of a change in the composition of road users (private automobiles, busses and trucks) and the consequential impact on congestion for all users. Previous STRIDE research (Project C2) has shown that cities have weak processes in place to allocate space for freight in city centers. The goal of this project is to build on this work by assessing the (mis)alignment between urban planning efforts to accommodate freight delivery and the strategies employed by logistics firms. The research team accomplished this through the following tasks: (1) Document logistics firm strategies related to loading zones and congestion; (2) Document best practices related to freight deliveries through literature and practice review; (3) Document building developer strategies concerning accommodation of increased small package deliveries in high-density residential buildings and commercial/retail facilities; (4) Identify (mis)alignments between public and private sectors around urban freight and strategies to increase alignment; and (5) Prepare final results.

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    • The draft final report associated with this project is currently out on peer review. We expect this project to be completed by December 2022.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $114871
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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, Gainesville

    152 Rhines Hall
    P.O. Box 116400
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
  • Principal Investigators:

    McDonald, Noreen

    Steiner, Ruth

  • Start Date: 20210501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01775430
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A355174710
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2021 9:43PM