State of the art and practice of urban freight management: Part I: Infrastructure, vehicle-related, and traffic operations
Journal article, 2020

The first in a series of two, this paper conducts a review of the public-sector initiatives that could be used to improve freight activity in metropolitan areas; collects data about initiatives that have been implemented and their performance; and produces a ranking of suggested initiatives. The review of public-sector initiatives is based on a comprehensive analysis of their performance, which cataloged the initiatives into seven major groups, 15 subgroups, and 48 unique initiatives. The initiatives covered in this paper include: Infrastructure Management; Parking/Loading Areas Management; Vehicle-Related Strategies; and Traffic Management. The characterization of the state of the practice and the performance of the initiatives was based on a survey that collected data from 32 countries and 56 cities throughout the world. The third component of the work is a ranking of suggested initiatives based on the performance data collected by the survey. The paper ends with a discussion of chief findings.

Freight transportation policy

Infrastructure management

Traffic management

Parking areas


José Holguín-Veras

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Johanna Amaya Leal

Iowa State University

Ivan Sanchez-Diaz

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Service Management and Logistics

Michael Browne

University of Gothenburg

Jeffrey Wojtowicz

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice

0965-8564 (ISSN)

Vol. 137 360-382

Gothenburg Urban Freight Platform

VREF, 2022-06-01 -- 2024-12-31.

VREF, 2014-02-01 -- 2019-12-31.

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Transport Systems and Logistics



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