SUMMARY OF CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

THE STATED GOALS OF THE CONFERENCE---TO DEFINE THE ISSUES AND ALTERNATIVES OF URBAN COMMODITY MOVEMENT, TO SYNTHESIZE AND EVALUATE INFORMATION ALREADY AVAILABLE RELATING TO COMMODITY FLOW, AND TO DEVELOP APPROACHES TO FORECASTING DEMAND FOR URBAN COMMODITY FLOW---ARE ADDRESSED IN FIVE SUMMARY SECTIONS. THE FIRST, "THE URBAN COMMODITY FLOW PROBLEM," CONSIDERS THE QUESTIONS OF (1) INTERCITY VERSUS INTRACITY PROBLEMS (THE MULTI-MODAL LINE-HAUL AND TERMINAL ASPECT OF THE FORMER CONTRASTED WITH THE OVERWHELMINGLY MONOMODAL OF THE LATTER) AND (2) EXTERNALITIES (E.G., POLLUTION), EFFICIENCY, AND IMPACT. "PUBLIC POLICY AND THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT" IS BROKEN DOWN INTO (1) PROVINCIAL, STATE, AND LOCAL INTERESTS (THE ABSENCE OF POLICY AND PROGRAM COORDINATION AT THE GEOGRAPHIC LEVELS OF COMMODITY FLOW), (2) COORDINATION OF NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION POLICY, AND (3) THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, ESPECIALLY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. THE SUMMARY UNDER "DATA REQUIREMENTS" NOTES THAT URBAN COMMODITY FLOW DATA ARE SEVERELY LACKING. SUGGESTIONS ARE MADE FOR (1) ORGANIZING EXISTING DATA AND (2) CLASSIFYING COMMODITY FLOW INFORMATION. IN THE FOURTH SECTION, "THE PLANNING PROCESS," IT IS NOTED THAT COMMODITY FLOW SHOULD BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF URBAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND THAT THE EFFECTS ON IT OF CHANGES IN URBAN FORM AND COMMUNICATONS BE STUDIED. A FORECASTING SYSTEM THAT CONSISTS OF FIVE SEPARATE MODELS IS RECOMMENDED TO COVER INDUSTRY LOCATION, INTERINDUSTRY TRANSACTIONS, FREIGHT FLOW, MEANS, AND NETWORKS AT BOTH THE MACRO AND MICRO LEVEL. THE LAST SECTION IS ON "RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS." IT NOTES THAT THE CANADIAN MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT HAS QUANTIFIED THE ANTICIPATED SAVINGS OF IMPROVING URBAN COMMODITY FLOW UNDER THE CATEGORIES TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS, CONSOLIDATION OF TERMINAL SHIPMENTS AND PICKUP--DELIVERY OPERATIONS, SHIPPING AND RECEIVING FACILITIES, AND NEW TECHNOLOGY, THE TOTAL ANNUAL PER PERSON SAVING BEING $155--195. HOWEVER, ONLY DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS CAN TEST THESE PREDICTIONS. THE OTHER TOPICS CONSIDERED IN THIS SECTION ARE (1)SHORT AND LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS, (2) SUGGESTED PROGRAMS FOR IMPROVING COMMODITY FLOW, AND (3) FIVE AREAS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH EMPHASIS.

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    • Hoel, Lester A
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  • Publication Date: 1971

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 4-10
  • Monograph Title: URBAN COMMODITY FLOW REPORT OF A CONFERENCE
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  • Accession Number: 00239344
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 13 1971 12:00AM