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STATUS: Complete YEAR: 2016 TOPIC AREA: Sustainability, energy, and health CENTER: MetroFreight

Characterizing Delivery and Vehicle Activity from Residential Goods Movements

Project Summary

Project number: MF-5.1c

Funding source: Volvo Research and Educational Foundations

Performance period: 1/1/2016 to 12/31/2016


Project description

The goal of this project is to quantify and characterize the goods moving to large residential buildings in New York City.  Field observation was conducted at eight buildings in four boroughs.  The study quantified the volumes and temporal distributions of delivery trips and package receipts; the types of delivery vehicles and their parking activities; the types of commodities moving and the carriers moving them; and the time space-consumed by these activities.  The results of this analysis are useful to city agencies and building managers to better understand the goods moving at the curbside of and inside residential buildings, and ultimately to evaluate the efficacy of existing parking regulations, land use regulations, and building package management strategies to address growing e-commerce activity.


Alison Conway
Associate Director, New Initiatives, University Transportation Research Center (UTRC), Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
140th St. and Convent Ave
Steinman Hall T-195New York, NY 10031
United States
[email protected]

Camille Kamga
Director, University Transportation Research Center (UTRC), Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
160 Convent Avenue
Marshak Hall, Suite 910New York, NY 10031
United States
[email protected]