The problem of transporting small shipment of general freight by motor carrier within an urban center has become an important U.S. transportation problem today. Of the several alternatives proposed to solve the urban congestion/small shipment problem, the concept of freight consolidations is pointed out herein as having the greatest merit. This study examines the issues associated with implementing the concept of urban freight consolidation. It includes an analysis of the legal implications of alternative forms of ownership and the impact which ownership might have on operating rights. In addition, it reports the findings of a national survey conducted to determine the attitudes toward urban freight consolidation held by consignees, consignors, transport agents, public warehousemen, and planning agents. It also examines the concerns expressed by each of the proceeding publics relative to implementing and operating a consolidation terminal or series of terminals. The primary focus of this research is to investigate the economic and social impact which an urban small shipment consolidation terminal might have on a typical metropolitan area such as Columbus, Ohio. This report concludes that: urban goods consolidation is economically feasible and socially desirable; there are no apparent legal restrictions that cannot be overcome; and the attitudes toward consolidation by the publics are favorable. A set of conclusions stating how urban terminal consolidation might best proceed is also included. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration. Related reports: "The Economic Feasibility and Social Desirability of an Urban Goods Consolidation Terminal," PB-239853; "An Analysis of Constructing and Operating an Urban Goods Consolidation Terminal," PB-238854; and "Modeling the Urban Goods Consolidation Terminal, Site Selection Decision," PB-249529.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Ohio State University, Columbus

    College of Administration Science
    Columbus, OH  United States  43210
  • Authors:
    • ROBESON, J F
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 122 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00189342
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-OH-11-0001-78-2Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1981 12:00AM