NCFRP Report 14: Guidebook for Understanding Urban Goods Movement
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NCFRP Report 14:
Guidebook for Understanding Urban Goods Movement
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TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) Report 14: Guidebook for Understanding Urban Goods Movement is designed to help facilitate decisions that accommodate and expedite urban goods movement while minimizing the environmental impact and community consequences of goods movement.

The guidebook and cases studies are designed to help decision makers better understand the potential impacts of their urban goods movement decisions on transportation infrastructure and operations; land use and site design; and laws, regulations, and ordinances applicable to urban areas.

The guidebook includes case studies that explore how urban supply chains connect to the urban economy, infrastructure, and land use patterns; their impacts on land use codes and regulations governing metropolitan goods movement of private-sector freight providers; and planning strategies for potentially improving mobility and access for goods movements in urban areas.

The print version of the NCFRP Report 14 includes a CD-ROM that includes a report and appendices on the process that developed the guidebook, and two PowerPoint presentations with speaker notes that transportation planners may use to help explain how local decision makers might enhance mobility and access for goods movement in their area.

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Publication Info

118 pages | 8.5 x 11

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-x
Chapter 1 - Introduction and Purpose 1-2
Why Read the Guidebook 3-3
How the Guidebook Is Organized 4-5
A Brief History of Urban Development and Freight in America 6-6
Urban Goods Movement in the Twenty-First Century 7-7
Who Is Moving Your Goods? 8-9
Why Freight Moves: Supporting the New Economy 10-13
Chapter 3 - Moving Urban Goods: It's All about Supply Chains 16-16
Case Illustration 1: Soft Drink Beverages 17-17
Case Illustration 2: Gasoline and Petroleum Fuels Supply Chain 18-19
Case Illustration 3: Apparel Retail Supply Chain 20-20
Case Illustration 4: Aggregate-Based Construction Materials Supply Chain 21-21
Supply Chain Comparisons 22-28
Chapter 4 - Using Freight Data for Planning 29-29
Neighborhood Freight Data 30-32
Freight Node Data 33-33
Freight Network Data 34-35
Freight Flow Data 36-37
Freight Data Protocols 38-40
Overview 41-41
Design Standards 42-43
Urban Infrastructure Design 44-44
Land Use and Zoning 45-46
Urban Truck Regulations 47-51
Receiving Support or Authorization to Integrate Freight Analysis into the Planning Process 52-52
Get Organized 53-53
Summarize the Issues, Problems, and Their Locations 54-55
Review and Evaluate Current Regulations 56-56
Identify Potential Solutions and Strategies to Improve Urban Goods Movements 57-61
Measuring Success 62-63
Atlanta: Effectively Managing Truck Traffic in the Urban Environment 64-66
Baltimore: The Maritime Industrial Zone Overlay District (MIZOD) 67-68
Toronto: Harmonizing of Loading Area Regulation across a Mega-City 69-73
Washington, D.C.: Commercial Vehicle Regulation 74-75
Nashville: Vanderbilt Medical Center - Freight Consolidation 76-78
London: Reducing Freight Impacts via Out-of-Hours Deliveries 79-82
Bristol (United Kingdom): Reducing Freight Impacts through Consolidation Centers 83-85
New York City: Commercial Vehicle Regulation and Off-Peak Delivery 86-88
Buffalo: Brownfield Redevelopment for a Logistics Hub 89-92
Case Studies - Key Findings 93-94
Appendix A - Additional Supply Chain Case Illustrations 95-105
Appendix B - References and Resources 106-107
Abbreviations used without definitions in TRB publications 108-108

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