FREIGHT TRANSPORT IN URBAN AREAS: ISSUES FOR RESEARCH AND ACTION

DURING 1967 THE RAND CORPORATION SPONSORED A SUMMER PROGRAM IN URBAN TRANSPORTATION. THE PRESENT PAPER, DERIVED FROM THAT PROGRAM, IS MEANT TO PROVIDE A THOROUGH LIST OF ISSUES REQUIRING GOVERNMENT AND RESEARCH ATTENTION FOR FREIGHT TRANSPORT IN URBAN AREAS. AFTER A BRIEF SUMMARY OF DEFICIENCIES IN THE EXISTING SYSTEM, THE PAPER TREATS FOUR MAJOR PROBLEM AREAS, AS FOLLOWS: (1) MOVEMENT OF URBAN FREIGHT (CHARACTERIZATION OF FREIGHT MOVEMENT, TREND ANALYSIS, FREIGHT-DEMAND MODELS FOR PREDICTING FUTURE FREIGHT MOVEMENT, SUPPLY-PERFORMANCE FUNCTIONS, COSTING METHODS, DATA REQUIREMENTS, FREIGHT TERMINALS AND INTERFACES, AUTOMATION OF SORTING AND ROUTING OF FREIGHT, INTERMODAL AND INTERCONTINENTAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES, CONTAINERIZATION, PALLETIZATION, LIGHTER- THAN-AIR VEHICLES, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, AND USES OF A NASA-LIKE FREIGHT-TRANSPORT ENGINEERING INFORMATION CENTER); (2) INTERACTIONS OF FREIGHT AND PASSENGER TRAFFIC (MUTUAL INTERFERENCE AND MEANS OF QUANTIFYING AND DESCRIBING IT; APPROACHES TO A SOLUTION, INCLUDING CONSOLIDATION OF FREIGHT ROUTES AND SHIPMENTS, SEPARATION OF FREIGHT AND PASSENGER TRAFFIC, DIVERSION OF FREIGHT-VEHICLE JOURNEYS FROM TIMES AND ROUTES OF HIGH CONGESTION, SHIFTING FREIGHT DELIVERIES AWAY FROM PEAK PASSENGER HOURS, MINIMIZATION OF CURBSIDE LOADING AND UNLOADING, AND INTRODUCING TRUCK PARKING SANCTIONS AND FEES; PROBABLE FUTURE INTERFERENCE; FREIGHT- PASSENGER VEHICLE COMBINATIONS; AND FREIGHT-PASSENGER TERMINAL COMBINATIONS); (3) URBAN FORM AND QUALITY (SOCIAL COSTS AND BENEFITS OF FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION, FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION AS A USER OR URBAN LAND, AND FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION AS A TOOL IN URBAN DEVELOPMENT); AND (4) ROLES FOR GOVERNMENT IN URBAN FREIGHT TRANSPORT (APPLICATIONS OF NEW TECHNOLOGY, REGULATION, TARRIF SIMPLIFICATION, AND INTRAURBAN FREIGHT REGULATION).

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  • Authors:
    • Goeller, Bruce F
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  • Publication Date: 1971

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 149-162
  • Monograph Title: URBAN COMMODITY FLOW REPORT OF A CONFERENCE
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  • Accession Number: 00239361
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 13 1971 12:00AM