A 2-part-study was performed to provide an overview of the goods distribution system throughout the city and to provide a detailed examination of the benefits and costs of establishing a consolidated terminal and consolidated delivery to serve a certain range of commodities to and from certain specified areas. The study estimated the total quantity of goods and the approximate breakdown among a range of goods categories, determined the number of truck trips, their origin and destination and trip distribution, evaluated the city truck route system, provided a new data base, and formulated a transportation model which could be used to test alternative solutions to specific problems. The second phase of the study used the data produced by the model in evaluating a consolidated terminal and delivery system, analysed the benefits and cost of the above innovative solution, and evaluated the objectivity and effectiveness of regulations governing the urban goods transportation industry. The transportation model consists of logical statements grouped into components and embedded in computer programs. It was concluded from use of the model-that the results from the sample of truck movements represent a fraction of the total truck traffic. Expansion factors were used to transform sample data. A comparison of screen line counts with the factored values in the trip table showed a maximum difference of 15%. A generation component was calibrated. Further conclusions and recommendations regarding the model are included. Details of the existing freight transport infrastructure in greater Vancouver, the data collection procedures, the transportation model, overview of the truck system, and the evaluation of the truck routes are also included.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for the Urban Transportation Administration, Transport Canada.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Swan Wooster Engineering Company, Limited

    1525 Robson Street
    Vancouver V6G 1C3,   Canada 
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308074
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TP 1836
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1981 12:00AM