MetroFreight

Characterizing Delivery and Vehicle Activity from Residential Goods Movements

Project Number

5.1c

Project Summary

Rapid growth in e-commerce has quickly changed the organization of logistics activities in urban areas.  Traditionally, residential buildings have not been significant generators of freight activity.  However, as residents become increasingly dependent on online shopping to obtain everyday goods such as food, household products, and other retail products, more and more freight deliveries are destined directly to residential homes.  In areas with high density residential development, concentrated residential delivery trips results in a significant volume of vehicle activity.

Project Status

In progress

Year

2016

Topic Area

Sustainable Urban Freight

P.I. Name & Address

Associate Director, New Initiatives, University Transportation Research Center (UTRC), Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
The City College of New York
140th St. and Convent Ave
Steinman Hall T-195
New York, NY 10031
United States
aconway@ccny.cuny.edu
Director, University Transportation Research Center (UTRC), Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue
Marshak Hall, Suite 910
New York, NY 10031
United States
ckamga@utrc2.org

Rapid growth in e-commerce has quickly changed the organization of logistics activities in urban areas.  Traditionally, residential buildings have not been significant generators of freight activity.  However, as residents become increasingly dependent on online shopping to obtain everyday goods such as food, household products, and other retail products, more and more freight deliveries are destined directly to residential homes.  In areas with high density residential development, concentrated residential delivery trips results in a significant volume of vehicle activity. These growing volumes are not well understood, but their growth presents challenges for curb management, traffic congestions, and building management.

 

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.