Development of Sketch-Planning Tool for Sustainable and Resilient Urban Goods Movements

The urban goods distribution system is vital to supply the needs of individuals and businesses. However, during the pandemic, the impacted system was not prepared for the sudden increase in demand, especially to serve households as the retail sector was halted by the stay-at-home orders and temporary closures. The pandemic evinced the need to develop and plan for a resilient and sustainable system that can maintain and efficiently restore operations in the event of such high-severity disruptions. The research team recently developed an analytical model (R4-T-LMD) for urban goods distribution integrating the Resilience Triangle concept and the R4 Resilience framework. The R4-T-LMD considers sustainability of operations, thus rendering an economically viable, environmentally friendly, and equitable service; and a resilient one. This translational project will develop a sketch-planning tool for local jurisdictions based on the R4-T-LMD for the adequate planning of the system. The tool will identify planning and land use needs to support their sustainable and resilient urban goods distribution e.g., using urban consolidation, micro-hubs, alternative delivery points, and light zero emission vehicles, among other strategies. Moreover, the team will use recently developed projections of demand for six large MSAs to test the sketch planning tool under different disruption and demand scenarios.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $73638
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC    20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

      METRANS Transportation Center

      University of Southern California
      Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of California, Davis

      Institute of Transportation Studies
      Davis, CA  United States  95616
    • Principal Investigators:

      Jaller, Miguel

    • Start Date: 20221001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20230930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01858363
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research
    • Contract Numbers: 9A3551747109
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Sep 20 2022 3:27PM