ECONOMICS OF TRUCK OPERATIONS IN URBAN AREAS

TRANSPORT OF FREIGHT IN URBAN AREAS IS SUBJECT TO SYSTEM INEFFICIENCES ARISING FROM TRAFFIC CONGESTION PREVALENCE OF SMALL SHIPMENTS, AND THE SCATTER OF INDUSTRIAL AREAS. THE EFFECT OF EACH TYPE OF DELAY HAS BEEN STUDIES BY MEANS OF A PILOT SPEED-AND-DELAY STUDY OF THE URBAN PHASE OF ROAD-FORWARDING OPERATIONS IN MELBOURNE. OPERATIONS WITHIN THE CONTROL OF TRANSPORT FIRMS WERE FOUND TO BE QUITE EFFICIENT. CONSOLIDATION OF FREIGHT AT SOURCE WAS FOUND TO BE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF POTENTIAL SAVINGS. SAVINGS TO TRUCK OPERATORS THROUGH ELIMINATION OF PRESENT TRAFFIC DELAYS WOULD NOT IN THEMSELVES BE SUFFICIENT TO JUSTIFY COMPREHENSIVE INVESTMENT IN FREEWAYS, BUT FREEWAYS PROVIDED FOR PERSONAL TRAVEL WOULD CONFER SIGNIFICANT SUBSIDIARY BENEFITS IN THE FORM OF SAVINGS IN FREIGHT TRANSPORT. FREEWAY PLANNING SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY PROVISION FOR INDUSTRIAL PARKS IN WHICH SMALL FACTORIES AND WAREHOUSES COULD BE ACCOMMODATED COMPACTLY. THE PAPER INCLUDES A BREAKDOWN OF DIVERSE FREIGHT MOVEMENTS, FREIGHT FORWARDING, AND STUDY AREA CHARACTERISTICS; TEMPORAL TABLES OF TONNAGE AND COSTS ON VARIOUS ROUTES; CORRELATION AND REGRESSION ANALYSIS AND BENEFIT-COST; DESCRIPTION OF POTENTIAL FOR INCREASED EFFICIENCY IN FREIGHT MOVEMENT, AND A DISCUSSION. /AUTHOR/

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 34-55
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue Number: Pt1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202164
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 20 1972 12:00AM