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Urban Freight
Academic studies of urban transport are mainly aimed at people transport. The urban part of freight logistics — sometimes called the problem of the last kilometer - is a more recent area of study within the well established field of freight logistics. While long distance freight nowadays appears to be quite efficient, the urban freight part is probably much less so.
Key words
City logistics; vehicle routing; time windows; vehicle restrictions; sustainability; public policy;
experiment; case study; retail distribution; Freight demand management; Freight pricing; Congestion pricing; Incentives; Carrier—receiver interactions; Dynamic pricing; Urban freight; Dynamic game; Differential variational inequality; urban good movements; freight economic externalities; economic impacts; freight policy

Topics covered by the theme typically include:
1. Understanding the interaction between freight and person transport in urban transport
. the interaction between freight and person transport
. the contribution of urban freight to congestion
. the impacts on overall urban congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, pollutants, noise and traffic safety

2. Role of private actors when coping with freight in the urban transport system
. city logistics — the problem of the last kilometer
. the potential for cooperation between different city logistics actors
. the cooperation between the private actors of city logistics and the increasing of the efficiency of urban freight - interactions and impacts

3. Role of public policy in coping with freight in urban transport
. Study of the traffic regulations and congestions charges
. Role of the freight logistics in the property development - interaction between freight and land use and regulations
. Innovative public policies

Publications within this theme:
A Study on Introduction Plans for Logistics Consolidation in the Major Economic Regions Based on the Survey
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2013
Type: Report

Urban Transportation and Land Use
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2013
Type: Book chapter

The Geography of Transport Systems
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2013
Type: Book

Evaluation of Transportation Practices in the California Cut Flower Industry
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2013
Type: Research article

Environmental Innovation and the Role of Stakeholder Collaboration in West Coast Port Gateways
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2013
Type: Research article

Motivations for Self-Regulation: the Clean Air Action Plan
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2013
Type: Research article

Urban Goods Transport
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2013
Type: Research article

Understanding the Diversity of Logistics Facilities in the Paris Region
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2012
Type: Research article

The Paris Region: Operating and Planning Freight at multiple Levels in a European City
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2012
Type: Book chapter

A Study on Planning and Developing Strategies to Improve the Efficiency of Urban Logistics Facilities in the Seoul Metropolitan Area
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Report

Logistics Master Planning for the City of Seoul
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Report

Urban Freight Consultations in the Paris Region
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

Scheduling freight trains traveling on complex networks
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

Urban delivery industry response to cordon pricing, time—distance pricing, and carrier—receiver policies in competitive markets
Research organisation: CoE Rensselaer, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

On the comparative performance of urban delivery vehicle classes
Research organisation: CoE Rensselaer, USA
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Policy Options for Truck User Charging
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2009
Type: Research article

An exact solution approach for vehicle routing and schedulingproblems with soft time windows
Research organisation: CoE Rensselaer, USA
Year: 2009
Type: Research article

Urban Goods Movement and Air Quality Policy and Regulation Issues in European Cities
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2008
Type: Research article

Delivering Goods in Urban Areas: How to Deal with Urban Policy Restrictions and the Environment
Research organisation: CoE Rensselaer, USA
Year: 2008
Type: Research article

Dynamic pricing in an urban freight environment
Research organisation: CoE Rensselaer, USA
Year: 2008
Type: Research article

Goods Transport in Large European Cities: Difficult to Organize, Difficult to Modernize
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2007
Type: Research article

Reducing port-related truck emissions: The terminal gate appointment system at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2007
Type: Research article

The impacts of time of day pricing on the behavior of freight carriers in a congested urban area: Implications to road pricing
Research organisation: CoE Southern California U, USA
Year: 2006
Type: Research article

No ongoing call.

The earlier call dated 131221, Financing Urban Access, Research Director, is now closed for application and the review process is ongoing. 

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