Recurring Patterns of Commercial Vehicles Movements in Urban Areas: The Parma Case Study

Urban freight transport is capable of generating “temporal-related utility” in the urban economy by providing the goods required by the end-consumers at the right time in the right place. This paper focuses on the time sensitivity of one-to-many distribution processes in urban environment. An in-depth 8-month survey of commercial vehicle tours leaving from an urban distribution center, located in the outskirt of the city of Parma (Italy), has been performed, merging information between a GPS-based dataset and a wider operations dataset. Through continuous approximation models, the relative impact of time-dependent parameters of the delivery process, particularly drivers’ working time and favorite time slots for deliveries, has been analyzed along with the effects due to traffic congestion.


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  • Accession Number: 01497469
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 2013 5:15PM