TECHNIQUES FOR IMPROVING COMMODITY FLOW BY APPLYING CURRENT KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY - PANEL REPORT

THE PANEL DISCUSSED IDEAS THAT APPEARED TO BE OF THE PANEL THAT PROGRESS IS MADE STEP-BY-STEP RATHER THAN THROUGH ANY GIANT STRIDE. WE FIRST ATTEMPTED TO DEFINE AN OVERALL GOAL FOR URBAN GOODS MOVEMENT, APPLICABLE TO THE SHORT-TERM FUTURE, AS FOLLOWS: TAKING AS ITS POLICY GOALS PROVISION OF AN ADEQUATE LEVEL OF SERVICE REQUIRED BY SHIPPERS AND RECEIVERS OF GOODS IN URBAN AREAS AND MINIMIZATION OF COSTS AND DISBENEFITS THROUGH USE OF CURRENT TECHNOLOGY, THE PANEL DETERMINED THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES: REDUCE INTERFERENCE IN URBAN AREAS BETWEEN GOODS MOVEMENT AND PEOPLE MOVEMENT, REDUCE NOISE, REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, REDUCE COSTS, REDUCE SOCIAL DISRUPTION, AND EFFECT MORE EFFICIENT LAND USE. THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS ARE RECOMMENDED IN PURSUIT OF THESE OBJECTIVES: (1) IN A SELECTED CITY, CONSOLIDATE TYPES OF SHIPMENTS SUCH AS BY THE COMMON CARRIERS OR BY CERTAIN TYPES OF PRIVATE CARRIERS. THROUGH A FRANCHISE OR LICENSING SYSTEM, CHARGE A FEE TO BE PAID BY ALL VEHICLES INCLUDING PASSENGER CARS AND TRUCKS USING DESIGNATED AREAS OF THE CITY. THE OBJECTIVE HERE IS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES IN CONGESTED AREAS BY FORCING CONSOLIDATION OF SHIPMENTS AND REDUCING THE NUMBER OF PRIVATE VEHICLES. (2) TO STAGGER THE EFFECT OF PEAK MOVEMENTS OF PEOPLE AND PEAK MOVEMENTS OF TRUCKS, UNDERTAKE A FEASIBILITY STUDY OF AFTER-HOUR DELIVERY TO STORES AND OFFICE BUILDINGS. THE STUDY SHOULD INCLUDE THE EFFECT ON FAMILIES OF EMPLOYEES REQUIRED TO WORK OFF-HOURS. (3) TO SEPARATE GOODS AND PEOPLE MOVEMENTS, (A) ON A SCHEDULED BASIS DESIGNATE STREETS FOR GOODS-MOVEMENT VEHICLES BY EXCLUDING PRIVATE AUTOMOBILES; (B) ALTERNATIVELY, ON A SCHEDULED BASIS DESIGNATE STREETS TO EXCLUDE GOODS-MOVEMENT VEHICLES; (C) DESIGNATE CERTAIN LANES ON STREETS FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF SPECIFIED VEHICLES INCLUDING TRUCKS; OR (D) DESIGNATE OTHER SPECIAL TRAFFIC CONSIDERATIONS WITHIN THE STRUCTURAL FRAMEWORK OF THE MUNICIPAL ARTERIAL SYSTEM. (4) STUDY SEPARATE PEDESTRIAN CIRCULATION SYSTEMS SUCH AS RAISING THE LEVEL OF SIDEWALKS AND ENTRANCES OF SUITES AND OFFICE BUILDINGS AT A HEIGHT ABOVE TRUCK LEVEL. (5) STUDY UNDERGROUND OR ELEVATED CONVEYANCE SYSTEMS FOR THE MOVEMENT OF URBAN GOODS. (6) AND ENCOURAGE NONSTREET LOADING AND UNLOADING THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF ADEQUATE REQUIREMENTS IN THE DESIGN OF FACILITIES TO HANDLE FREIGHT IN NEW BUILDINGS AND IN THE DESIGNS FOR RETROFITTING FACILITIES IN OLDER BUILDINGS. /AUTHOR/

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    • Barnstead, Robert C
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  • Publication Date: 1971

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 133-134
  • Monograph Title: URBAN COMMODITY FLOW REPORT OF A CONFERENCE
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  • Accession Number: 00201998
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 13 1971 12:00AM