Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Talking Freight Webinar: “Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

This webinar focused on the NCFRP Report 33 that was recently completed by members of the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems (CoE-SUFS). 

Topic: Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas
Description: Freight transportation movements in metropolitan areas, particularly urban or downtown settings, has become a major topic of research in recent years.  Due to the production and especially demand needs of many businesses, a significant volume of freight movements occurs throughout metropolitan areas.  These movements provide many benefits, primarily in the forms of supporting businesses through freight pickups and deliveries, and through providing numerous jobs.  However, freight movements also create many challenges in the same areas, primarily in the forms of traffic conflicts with other motor vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other transportation system users, and through increased tailpipe emissions that negatively impact air quality.  Finding ways to promote freight transportation’s benefits while minimizing its negative impacts is a challenge in all metropolitan areas, and made more difficult by the fact many different attributes impacting freight transportation movements, such as roadway infrastructure, vehicle operations, business pickup and delivery time windows, and zoning regulations, are controlled by different public agencies and/or private businesses.  To improve freight system performance in metropolitan areas, all the different stakeholders that influence freight transportation movement trends need to be engaged in the comprehensive planning and assessment process.

During this webinar, different approaches to improving freight movements in urban areas, particularly focusing on the findings of NCFRP Report 33: Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas were discussed.

Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas – Summary of NCFRP Report 33
This presentation provided an overview of the findings from the recently-published NCFRP Report 33, Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas.
SPEAKER: Jose Holguin-Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas – Vehicle and Traffic Demand-Related Approaches
This presentation highlighted the vehicle and traffic demand-related approaches to improving freight system performance identified in NCFRP Report 33, such as parking or loading areas management, vehicle initiatives, and traffic management.
SPEAKER: Jeff Wojtowicz, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas – Supply Chain and Non-Transportation Approaches
This presentation highlighted the supply chain and non-transportation related approaches to improving freight system performance identified in NCFRP Report 33, such as logistical management, pricing, incentives, taxation, time-based demand management, and land use management.
SPEAKER: Jose Holguin-Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas – Infrastructure Management Approaches and Stakeholder Engagement
This presentation highlighted the infrastructure management-related approaches to improving freight system performance identified in NCFRP Report 33, as well as stakeholder engagement case studies illustrating all of the approaches.
SPEAKER: Dan Haake, CDM Smith

An audio recording/podcast (MP3 files), the PowerPoint presentations used in the seminar, and transcript are now available on http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/freight_planning/talking_freight/may_2015/index.cfm.

A recording of the seminar containing both the audio and visual components is available at https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p90dojvhomm/.

If you have any questions about the webinar content, please contact Chip Millard, FHWA Freight Office, at 202-366-4415 or chip.millard@dot.gov.