A Strategic Public-Private Research Partnership
The Urban Freight Lab (UFL), housed at the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center at the University of Washington, is an innovative partnership bringing together private industry, academic researchers, and public transportation agencies to solve urban freight management problems that overlay private and public spaces and control and have benefits for both.
A Living Laboratory
The UFL works to develop high-impact, low-cost solutions for businesses delivering goods in urban settings and cities trying to manage limited curb and parking space where delivery trucks, bicycles, pedestrians, and cars all need to coexist. To achieve its goals the Lab collects original, granular urban goods system data as well as existent data, conducts analyses, develops promising strategies, and pilot tests those strategies on the street and in urban buildings.
We adhere to four principles when designing methodologies. To be widely used, data collection must be replicable, available at a reasonable cost, groundtruthed, and have quality control measures built into each step.
Bringing Together Stakeholders Representing Both Public and Private Aspects of Urban Delivery
The UFL is a structured work group comprised of industry members, who are senior executives from retail and wholesale companies, logistics and goods delivery firms, and the City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). Lab members act to improve the management of both public and private operations of urban goods delivery systems by engaging in strategic applied research and identifying priority problems for future research projects.
Our Impact: This work is having a real impact here in Seattle and beyond. Here's how.
The Final 50 Feet Research Program
Since our launch in October 2016, the UFL has completed an innovative suite of research projects in the Final 50 Feet Research Program that provide foundational data and proven strategies to help cities reduce truck dwell times in load/unload spaces, and failed first delivery attempts by carriers, which lessens gridlock.