The Urban Freight Lab is a structured work group comprised of interconnected players in transportation and logistics — retailers, technology providers, manufacturers, real estate, shippers, and public agencies.


Urban Freight Lab members tour King County Metro's bus electrification site.
Photo by Urban Freight Lab.

Public-Private-Academic Partnership

Urban Freight Lab (UFL) provides new capacity for the University of Washington to engage with private sector firms in applied research projects at the forefront of goods delivery system management. We are a living laboratory comprised of academic researchers, private sector members (retailers, truck freight carriers and parcel companies, technology companies supporting transportation and logistics, multifamily residential and retail/commercial building developers and operators) and public sector partners (City of Seattle Department of TransportationBellevue Transportation Department, and New York City Department of Transportation). Together we take part in innovative applied research projects and pilot tests to improve the operations of urban goods delivery systems and help identify priority problems for future research.

Urban Freight Lab Members

Service/Product Member
Carriers & Shippers

Cornucopia Logistics

Infrastructure & Operations Technology Providers Impinj
Lacuna Technologies
Manufacturers of Vehicles, Vehicle Parts

Ford Motor Company

Real Estate

LAZ Parking
Terreno Realty Corporation

Retailer Amazon


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Kelly Rula
Director of Policy and Partnerships, Urban Freight Lab

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About the Urban Freight Lab (UFL): An innovative public-private partnership housed at the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center at the University of Washington, the Urban Freight Lab is a structured workgroup that brings together private industry with City transportation officials to design and test solutions around urban freight management.

About the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center: The Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center at the University of Washington is the go-to place to analyze and solve urban goods delivery, sustainability, logistic hubs and ports, and freight system performance management problems that overlap private and public spaces and control. Our work integrates in-depth consultation with industry and the public sector, transformative research, and executive education, and serves the powerful nexus of industry, transportation infrastructure, and policymakers.