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How cities can help supply chains perfect the last mile

Supply Chain Dive, Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Urban freight is expected to increase 40% by 2050, going hand-in-hand with the slew of retail stores closing due to e-commerce growth. That means more trucks on the road, clogging precious residential and downtown street space while making deliveries. “Where you now see UPS and FedEx trucks in neighborhood once a day, you will see them four to five times a day, plus the smaller players,” says Andre Pharand, Accenture’s global management consulting lead for the postal and parcel industry.


E-Commerce Delivery, Rideshare Vehicles Intensify San Francisco Traffic

Wilson Walker, KPIX CBS SFBayArea

Urban Freight Lab Director Barb Ivanov talks with CBS about the ease of online ordering and the goals of the Urban Freight Lab to reduce freight congestion. 



SCTL Students Win Washington State ITE Student Night Competition

Megan Reardon

UW CEE graduate students Jose Machado (SCTL), Gaby Giron (SCTL), and Mayuree Binjolkar (UW Transportation Center) won first place at the 2017 Washington State Institute of Transportation Student Night Competition!  Student teams from local universities presented their proposals for safety and mobility improvements to the Lea Hill Corridor in Auburn, Washington to a panel of city transportation engineers and consultants. In addition to increased safety and mobility (particularly for pedestrians), proposed projects needed to facilitate connectivity with transit and non-motorized transportation, evaluate risks, and estimate costs. Jose, Gaby, and Mayuree's solution included enhanced safety for bikes and pedestrians, as well as a two-way bicycle track along the corridor, to better connect the community with public spaces, schools, and commercial areas without needing to drive.  

Congratulations to Jose, Gaby, and Mayuree! 


Death by a thousand trucks: Managing urban freight congestion

Photo credit: Barb Ivanov, Urban Freight Lab Director
Mary Ebeling, State Smart Transportation Initiative

As urban residents place orders for online goods with increasing frequency, the challenge of managing urban freight deliveries grows. City street networks—designed for transit, walking, and biking—are unable to handle this level of freight traffic. Cities, freight haulers, and developers will need to develop new policies and land use strategies to manage this inflow of truck traffic as the retail economy continues to shift to an online/delivery paradigm.

How Amazon’s ‘invisible’ hand can shape your city

Patrick Sisson, Curbed

It begins with boxes. For most people who order goods from Amazon—with nearly half of U.S. households enrolled in the company’s Prime program, that’s quite a few of us—interactions with the Seattle e-commerce giant start with a search and a click, and end with a delivery. 

SCTL Center Director Anne Goodchild discusses the Urban Freight Lab and is quoted on the importance of factoring in freight delivery congestion in city planning: 

Freight doesn’t appear to exist in urban planning, and that’s a problem. Most people look at public transit and mobility, but they don’t appear to be living in a physical world. How can they plan complete streets when the words ‘freight delivery’ [aren’t] used? It’s like a transit system where you didn’t plan for the bus stops. We all know we’re bringing more and more goods into the city, but there’s no programmatic way to account for what they’re delivering and when. We need scientific, data-driven, systematic views of urban freight analysis and planning.