Impacts of E-Commerce on Travel and Land Use Patterns

E-commerce (electronic commerce) generally refers to the buying and selling of goods and services over an electronic network, primarily the internet. These transactions occur as business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), consumer-to-consumer or consumer-to-business. The rapid growth of e-commerce trends seems to have transformational impacts on land use and transportation in settings ranging from small cities to large cities. Some of the potential impacts to transportation include environmental and safety risks, travel behavior pattern changes, congestion growth, changes in land use patterns, and evolving freight demand. Other externalities might be truck-parking shortages, competition for curb space, impacts to brick and mortal retail, and policy considerations like local tax revenue streams. State departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and local governments increasingly are confronted with the need to manage the effects of e-commerce on urban and regional economic activity, land use, and transportation demand; and how to manage public investments in transportation facilities and services to maintain economic vitality and high quality of life. The objective of this research is to comprehensively document the effects of current e-commerce trends on transportation and land use, and provide methodologies for state DOTs and other agencies to take to address them. This research is expected to answer how to incorporate e-commerce travel trends into transportation and urban freight planning, design, and operations. To this effect, research comprising a literature review, survey of stakeholders, and evaluation framework should be undertaken to advance the development of methodologies to plan for e-commerce growth.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-173

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Weeks, Jennifer

  • Start Date: 20221122
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01846750
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-173
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 24 2022 11:02AM