Potential for Common Carrier Parcel Lockers at Transit Facilities in Portland, Oregon

Transit goals have typically focused on commuter trips but facilitating urban last-mile freight logistics is a potential strategy to mitigate the demands of parcel distribution on the transportation network. Presently, most parcel lockers operate out of private businesses, but consumer surveys have found that transit users may be interested in locker facilities at transit connections. The implementation of an unmanned, secure, common carrier parcel locker system could have benefits for non-transit users as well. Consolidation of deliveries would benefit courier companies by allowing operations at increasingly competitive rates, and retailers would benefit from these low shipping rates. This evaluation includes a case study of the light rail stations, transit centers, and transit malls in the greater Portland, OR metro. Their potential of hosting transit sites is reviewed based on ridership (the number of ons/offs at transit facilities), selecting a balance of central city and suburban locations, the size of populations in influence areas (whether transit users of not), and a framework for prioritizing locations based on best-practice equity metrics. A common carrier locker system at a transit site may help improve last-mile logistics and can provide transit users convenient access to parcel retrieval, complementing the dynamic goals of transit-oriented development.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01763877
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-03977
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:13AM