Curbside Management Challenges and Opportunities: Insights from the Public and Private Sectors in 14 US Cities

With spikes in on-demand delivery, ridehailing, and shared mobility use, cities are observing dramatic increases in demand for curbspace. In response, cities and private companies have proposed a diverse range of structural, policy and technology solutions to more efficiently manage the curb lane. Through structured interviews with public agency and private company staff and a review of existing pilot project evaluations and curb management guidelines, this study surveys contemporary approaches to curbside management in 14 U.S. cities. A total of 22 staff from public works departments, transportation agencies, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in every census region of the United States were interviewed. Representatives of nine technology companies were also interviewed regarding the opportunities and challenges for curb management tools, including smart parking reservation systems, occupancy sensors and cameras, automated enforcement, and common data standards. The results show that the top curb management concerns among public officials are enforcement and communication, data collection and management, and inter-agency coordination. Interviewees reported success with policies such as passenger pick-up and drop-off (PUDO) zones, incentives for off-peak delivery, and requiring shared mobility data in exchange for reservable or more loading zones. Both public and private sector staff expressed a desire for citywide policy goals around curb management, more consistent curb regulations across jurisdictions, and a common data standard for encoding curb information.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 22p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01764011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-01445
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:17AM