Current Research Projects
Project Funder: UW Medicine Department of Laboratory Medicine
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Project Budget:
Project Timing: April 2019 to June 2019

UW Laboratory Medicine runs 12 routes per day moving lab specimens and conducting departmental business. These routes have been developed over time in an ad hoc fashion. 

The Urban Freight Lab will primarily focus on the following objectives for optimization:

Project Funder: U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE)
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Project Budget: $1,500,000
Project Timing: November 2018 to November 2021

The Urban Freight Lab (UFL) received $1.5M in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to help goods delivery drivers find a place to park without driving around the block in crowded cities for hours, wasting time and fuel and adding to congestion. The project partners will integrate sensor technologies, develop data platforms to process large data streams, and publish a prototype app to let delivery firms know when a parking space is open – and when it’s predicted to be open so they can plan to arrive when another truck is leaving. This will take place in an 8-blockface area in Greater Downtown, and we will also monitor a control location.

Project Funder: City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Project Budget: $160,000
Project Timing: November 2018 to November 2019

The City of Seattle granted a permit to United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) in fall 2018 to pilot test a new e-bike parcel delivery system in the Pioneer Square/Belltown area for one year. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) commissioned the Urban Freight Lab (UFL) to quantify and document the public impacts of this multimodal delivery system change in the final 50 feet of supply chains, to provide data and evidence for development of future urban freight policies. The UFL will conduct analyses into the several research questions.

Project Funder: City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Amazon, Challenge Seattle
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Project Budget: $200,000
Project Timing: October 2018 to June 2019

Transportation Network Company (TNC) usage in Seattle has been increasing every quarter since 2015 when the City began collecting data. TNC trips exceeded 20 million in 2017, a 46% increase from total reported trips in 2016. This has led to concerns about congestion and pedestrian safety as cars and people take risks to connect at the curb and in the right-of-way. By providing additional curb capacity through increased passenger loading zones and directing customers via in-app messaging, the City may be able to reduce congestion and unsafe vehicle/people movements during peak traffic and late-night hours.

Project Funder: City of Seattle Department of Transportation
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Project Budget: $250,000
Project Timing: July 2018 to August 2019

Abstract: City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) hired the Urban Freight Lab to establish a baseline cordon truck and car count for the Greater Downtown area before major construction, transit, and traffic changes occurred in fall 2018. The UFL developed a detailed typology of all commercial vehicle types, and is now assigning every commercial vehicle crossing the cordon to a category that may be tied to its use.

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