Research Publications

The Final 50 Feet Urban Goods Delivery System

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Paper
Published:
2018
Authored by: Anne Goodchild, Jordan Toy

This research paper estimates carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) levels of two delivery models, one by trucks and the other by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or “drones.” Using several ArcGIS tools and emission standards within a framework of logistical and operational assumptions, it has been found that emission results vary greatly and are highly dependent on the energy requirements of the drone, as well as the distance it must travel and the number of recipie

Paper
Published:
2018
Authored by: Erica Wygonik, Anne Goodchild

There are established relationships between urban form and passenger travel, but less is known about urban form and goods movement. The work presented in this paper evaluates how the design of a delivery service and the urban form in which it operates affects its performance, as measured by vehicle miles travelled, CO2, NOx, and PM10 emissions.

Paper
Published:
2018
Authored by: Gabriela Giron, Anne Goodchild, Barbara Ivanov, Haena Kim, Jose Machado

Goods delivery is an essential but little-noticed activity in urban areas. For the last 40 years, deliveries have been mostly performed by a private sector shipping industry that operates within general city traffic conditions.

Paper
Published:
2018
Authored by: Gabriela Giron, Anne Goodchild, Barbara Ivanov, Haena Kim, Jose Machado

Goods delivery is an essential but little-noticed activity in urban areas. For the last 40 years, deliveries have been mostly performed by a private sector shipping industry that operates within general city traffic conditions.

Paper
Published:
2018
Authored by: Anne Goodchild, Erica Wygonik, Nathan Mayes

This paper presents an analytical model to contrast the carbon emissions from a number of goods delivery methods. This includes individuals travelling to the store by car, and delivery trucks delivering to homes. While the impact of growing home delivery services has been studied with combinatorial approaches, those approaches do not allow for systematic conclusions regarding when the service provides net benefit.

Student Theses and Dissertations
Published:
2018
Authored by: Polina Butrina

E-commerce has empowered consumers to order goods online from anywhere in the world with just a couple of clicks. This new trend has led to significant growth in the number of package deliveries related to online shopping. Seattle’s freight infrastructure is challenged to accommodate this freight growth. Commercial vehicles can already be seen double parked or parked illegally on the city’s streets impacting traffic flow and inconveniencing other road users.

Paper
Published:
2018
Authored by:

There are more than 212,000 at-grade railroad crossings in the US. A number of them features paths running adjacent to the railroad tracks, and crossing a highway; serving urban areas, recreational activities, light rail station access and a variety of other purposes. Some of these crossings see a disproportionate number of violations and conflicts between rail, vehicles and pedestrians and bikes.

Paper
Published:
2018
Authored by: Anna Bovbjerg Alligood, Polina Butrina, Ed McCormack, Manali Sheth, Anne Goodchild

There are more than 212,000 at-grade railroad crossings in the US. A number of them features paths running adjacent to the railroad tracks, and crossing a highway; serving urban areas, recreational activities, light rail station access and a variety of other purposes. Some of these crossings see a disproportionate number of violations and conflicts between rail, vehicles and pedestrians and bikes.

Paper
Published:
2018
Authored by: Haena Kim, Anne Goodchild, Linda Ng Boyle

Movement of goods within a central business district (CBD) can be very constraining with high levels of congestion and insufficient curb spaces. Pick-up and delivery activities encompass a significant portion of urban goods movement and inefficient operations can negatively impact the already highly congested areas and truck dwell times. Identifying and quantifying the delivery processes within the building is often difficult.

Paper
Published:
2017
Authored by: Anne Goodchild, Barbara Ivanov, Ed McCormack, Anne Moudon, Jason Scully, Jose Machado, Gabriela Giron

Two converging trends – the rise of e-commerce and urban population growth – challenge cities facing competing uses for road, curb, and alley space.

The University of Washington has formed a living Urban Freight Lab to solve city logistics problems that cross private and public sector boundaries. Funding members include Costco, Nordstrom, UPS and USPS; the Lab partners with the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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