SDOT has engaged the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center (SCTL) to conduct research to explore strategies to alleviate congestion impacts and minimize the disruption of goods and service delivery to West Seattle during the closure of the West Seattle High Bridge, which connects the West Seattle peninsula to the rest of the city.
Through synthesis of existing literature and interviews conducted with private and public stakeholders, this project aims to provide an overview of the barriers to achieving sustainable urban freight. The research will highlight key strategies that can enable sustainable last mile delivery in the urban environment and, importantly, outline the specific roadblocks to carrying out those strategies. This will help companies and public entities form sustainability plans and understand where collaboration between the two sectors in needed.
The Common MicroHub Research Project will develop a business plan for the strategy in YR1 (2020), and pilot test one MicroHub in greater downtown Bellevue or Seattle in YR2 (2021). By definition a Common MicroHub is a central drop-off/pick-up location for goods, which may be used by multiple delivery firms, retailers, and goods purchasers. Final 50 Feet deliveries may be done by e-bike drivers or pedestrians. The design will enable purchasers to pick up their goods there, and potentially receive additional services. When developing the plan the UFL will explore siting electrical-delivery/service vehicle charging stations at or near the MicroHub.
This research aims to develop innovative methods for managing curb lane function and curb access. The rapid rise of autonomous vehicles (AV), on-demand transportation, and e-commerce goods deliveries, as well as increased cycling rates and transit use, is increasing demand for curb space resulting in competition between modes, failed good deliveries, roadway and curbside congestion, and illegal parking.
This project will 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 notify delivery firms 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.