Completed Research Projects
Project Funder: City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild, Dr. Ed McCormack
Project Budget: $240,000
Project Timing: July 2018 to March 2019

SDOT hired the Urban Freight Lab 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. Examples of these detailed use types include food delivery, garbage pick up, construction, and service vans.

Project Funder: City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild, Dr. Ed McCormack
Project Budget: $240,000
Project Timing: July 2018 to March 2019

SDOT hired the Urban Freight Lab 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. Examples of these detailed use types include food delivery, garbage pick up, construction, and service vans.

Project Funder: City of Seattle Department of Transportation, PacTrans
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Project Budget: $310,000
Project Timing: February 2018 to September 2018

The Supply Chain and Transportation Logistics (SCTL) Center conducted an alley inventory and truck load/unload occupancy study for the City of Seattle. Researchers collected data identifying the locations and infrastructure characteristics of alleys within Seattle’s One Center City planning area, which includes the downtown, uptown, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, and First Hill urban centers. The resulting alley database includes GIS coordinates for both ends of each alley, geometric and traffic attributes, and photos.

Project Funder: City of Seattle Department of Transportation
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Project Budget: $50,000
Project Timing: December 2017 to June 2018

This study explored locating common carrier lockers at or near three of Seattle’s Link Light Rail stations. The Urban Freight Lab developed multi-factor criteria to evaluate placing common carrier locker systems on public property and applied it to evaluate potential sites at or near three of Seattle’s Link Light Rail stations and the Transit Oriented Development areas near them. Mobility hubs aim to consolidate multiple modes of transportation – bicycles, ride shares, trains, and buses – within well-designed, well-connected public spaces containing ample community amenities.

Project Funder: Washington State Department of Transportation, PacTrans
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Project Budget: $100,000
Project Timing: December 2016 to January 2018

An inadequate supply of parking spaces for long-haul drivers creates safety issues that may lead to severe or fatal crashes, as tired drivers face the decision of choosing between parking at unsafe locations or continuing to drive.

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