Community Noise Survey for Off-peak Delivery in the Greater Toronto Area

Off-Peak Delivery (OPD) is the delivery of goods during the evening and overnight hours. This strategy can alleviate congestion during peak periods and increase the utilization of existing infrastructure capacity. One of the main concerns regarding OPD programs is the adverse effect of noise from delivery activities on residential communities during the evening and nighttime hours. Delivery noise is more concerning at night due to the interruption of sleep. Noise emitted from night-time deliveries is especially noticeable to residential communities due to low ambient noise levels at night (Holguín-Veras et al., 2013). In London and Denmark, concern about noise impacts resulted in opposition to OPD from local communities (Sánchez-Díaz et al., 2017). Since March 2020, OPD has been allowed in Ontario due to the Government of Ontario noise by-law exemptions for goods delivery across the province to alleviate the pressure on the regional supply chain. To assess the OPD impact on the community noise level in the GTA, we conducted a noise survey July and August of 2021 to collect responses from residents in the vicinity of 22 retail stores that receive considerable deliveries in off-peak hours.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 5p
  • Monograph Title: Canadian Transportation Research Forum 57th Annual Conference

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01891026
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2023 9:18AM