Last Mile Package Delivery via Rural Transit: Project Summary and Pilot Outcomes

Rural transit districts and intercity bus carriers are an important link within Texas’ multimodal transportation system. Without such service providers, many rural residents that are transit dependent would be forced to either relocate or find other means of transportation. Furthermore, with continued growth of business to consumer e-commerce demand for package shipping services and rural areas face a particular challenge in finding efficient “last mile” delivery of goods (from freight drop to final destination). Rural transit districts operate demand response door-to-door service throughout Texas, providing critical connections to goods and services. The network of Texas rural transit districts may effectively bridge the last mile gap in package shipping from the freight drop point to the final destination by providing last mile package delivery services in cooperation with freight companies. Last mile package delivery service may present an opportunity for rural transit operators to diversify revenue sources and improve overall cost effectiveness while maintaining existing door-to-door service. This project researched the potential to address current gaps in existing package delivery service with the network of intercity bus and rural transit districts in Texas. Documentation includes best practices, challenges, policy implications, and the potential for revenue generation, and a guidebook. The guidebook is designed to inform rural transit operators of how to implement a package delivery service includes documentation of lessons learned from pilot package delivery services implemented as part of the research project.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 178p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01692390
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-17/0-6891-R1, 0-6891-R1
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6891
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 4 2019 9:05AM