Join the Lab
When you join the Urban Freight Lab, you connect with a network of like-minded public sector agencies, private sector retailers, carriers, technology providers, and researchers and engineers working to solve urban freight management problems that overlap private and public spaces and have benefits for both.


Membership in the Urban Freight Lab (UFL) is limited.

Benefits of membership include: 

  • Connection to other UFL members at quarterly meetings
  • Influence the UFL’s annual research agenda
  • Develop new data-based knowledge and insights about the effects of truck load/unload space strategies proposed for implementation in the City of Seattle, before they are broadly implemented
  • Pilot test the most promising low-cost and high-value strategies on the ground
  • Gain from the UFL research team’s deep expertise in supply chain, transportation, and logistics, and process flow improvement methods to analyze current and explore desired performance alternatives in the Final 50 Feet research program
  • Stay-up-to-date on the latest thought leadership and logistics concepts from across the globe 

Students looking to get involved with the Urban Freight Lab: Attend a Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Research Group (RG) meeting as the first step. RG is composed of an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate University of Washington students who are engaged in research in various aspects of transportation, ports, and the movement of goods.

Contact for student involvement:
Tom Maxner
Research Assistant and RG Manager

Companies looking to become Urban Freight Lab members: The Urban Freight Lab is an innovative partnership bringing together private industry, academic researchers, and public transportation agencies to solve urban freight management problems that overlap private and public spaces and have wide-ranging benefits.

Contact for membership and partnership:
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.