1A <p>Building the Database</p>

Project Number


Project Summary

Building the Database

Project Status




Topic Area

Sustainable Urban Freight

P.I. Name & Address

Director of Research, IFSTTAR, French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks - University of Paris-East
14-20 boulevard Newton, Cite Descartes
77447 Marne la Vallee cedex 2
Professor; Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government; Senior Associate Dean for Research and Technology; Director, METRANS , Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 216
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States
Professor; Van Horne Researcher in Transportation and Logistics, Global Studies and Geography; University Transportation Research Center, Region 2 (UTRC)
Hofstra University; University of Calgary
100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
United States
Research Fellow; Director, Division for Logistics Policy and Industry
Korea Transport Institute (KOTI)
315, Goyangdaero, Ilsanseo-gu
Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
South Korea

The purpose of this project is to create a comprehensive database for each metropolitan area that will a) support local research initiatives, b) allow comparative studies of various urban freight topics, and c) identify urban freight data gaps among the four metropolitan areas. City logistics data falls into five categories of information: jurisdictions, infrastructure, land use, flows, and policy, as described in the following table.

Types of Data


Political boundaries: municipal, counties or equivalent, transportation districts, air quality districts, port authorities, airport authorities. 


Street network. Highway network. Public transport network. Freight Rail transport network. Airport terminals. Rail terminals. Port terminals. Distribution centers and container depots.

Land Use

Features (rivers, topography, green space / parks). Zoning. Distribution of socioeconomic attributes (population, employment, number of firms, economic activity-distribution of establishments by industry type).


Vehicle fleet data. Vehicle flows. Commodity flows. Freight companies.


Parking regulations; truck operations regulations; fuel and emissions regulations; zoning codes; building codes