REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR OFF-HOURS DELIVERY
The research examines the feasibility of off-hours delivery- delivery of goods and services between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. - as a technique for reducing the adverse impact of delivery vehicles on urban traffic. The state-of-the-art of off-hours delivery and its financial and institutional constraints are presented. The information analyzed in this report was obtained through personal interviews with elected officials, planning officials, traffic engineers, union representatives, and a broad cross-section of businesses which serve the central business districts of Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colorado; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Francisco, California. Many businesses already use off-hours pickups and deliveries and are quite content with such operations. Enough carriers provide off-hours service that there is little difficulty in obtaining such pickups and deliveries. Should there be a gradual shift toward more off-hours operations, the carriers would probably continue to maintain adequate service. Most of the interviewees recognized the advantages of efficiency and avoidance of congestion that are inherent with off-hours operation but felt that they are offset by increased labor and management costs. The interviewees could foresee no certain economic advantages to be gained with off-hours pickups and deliveries; the societal advantages associates with reduced congestion were viewed as remote.
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- Publication Date: 1979-4-20
- Pagination: 130 p.
- TRT Terms: Benefit cost analysis; Central business districts; Common carriers; Cost estimating; Delivery service; Economic efficiency; Estimates; Evaluation; Feasibility analysis; Freight transportation; Highway traffic; Impacts; Off peak periods; Pickup trucks; Specifications; State of the art studies; Traffic congestion; Traffic engineering; Transportation planning; Trucks; Urban areas; Urban transportation
- Uncontrolled Terms: Efficiency
- Old TRIS Terms: Cargo transportation; Central city; Off-peak; Pickups; Vehicular traffic
- Subject Areas: Economics; Freight Transportation; Highways; Motor Carriers; Operations and Traffic Management; Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation;
- Accession Number: 00304749
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-79- 60 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-9327
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Jan 15 1981 12:00AM