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New York City plan to make last-mile freight delivery safe and sustainable

The plan provides a blueprint for enhanced freight management and includes 32 initiatives to improve efficiency, foster safety, enhance equity and promote the responsible movement of goods.

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The plan addresses the pressing needs of logistics and deliveries in New York City
The plan addresses the pressing needs of logistics and deliveries in New York City

The City of New York has unveiled a plan to overhaul its freight systems with a view to making them best-in-class in operations and sustainability.

 

Delivering New York – A Smart Truck Management Plan for New York City sets out to provide a blueprint for enhanced freight management with the goal of advancing New York’s economic vitality and quality of life.

 

Close collaboration

 

Global advisory and engineering firm Arup led the development of Delivering New York working in close collaboration with the City on behalf of New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), and supported by design firm HDR.

 

Trucks carry more than 90 per cent of the goods delivered in NYC, making freight mobility a central pillar of city supply chains. The critical importance of freight distribution and essential roles of all professions involved in shipping has been underscored by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the City. Thousands of New Yorkers were left confined to their homes reliant on delivery trucks to access critical goods.

 

The report includes 32 specific initiatives to improve efficiency, foster safety, enhance equity and promote the responsible movement of goods. These initiatives include new strategies such as introducing cargo-cycle deliveries and consolidating packages to a single location in a neighbourhood with limited person-to-person contact.

“It will help keep our streets safely moving while allowing us to receive the deliveries we rely upon to keep the economy running. This work is ever more pressing as we increasingly rely on deliveries in our daily lives”

The plan also calls for expanding successful existing programmes such as the NYC clean truck programme to reduce emissions, off-hour delivery, and safety workshops for cyclists and pedestrians.

 

“Arup and the City of New York worked together to develop a plan that addresses the pressing needs of logistics and deliveries in New York City. The plan provides a more functional, equitable, and sustainable approach for truck management in the city,” said Trent Lethco, principal and Americas planning business leader, Arup.

 

“It will help keep our streets safely moving while allowing us to receive the deliveries we rely upon to keep the economy running. This work is ever more pressing as we increasingly rely on deliveries in our daily lives.”

 

Development of the plan emphasised engagement with community members and public and private sector stakeholders. Arup led a team of consultants that included HDR, Cambridge Systematics, Traffic DataBank and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in performing extensive data collection and analysis. The team’s insights were then synthesised into a cohesive vision, supported by detailed goals and objectives.

“The plan provides a more functional, equitable, and sustainable approach for truck management in the city”

These strategies will reform and enhance existing programmes and policies, develop new and innovative approaches to improving freight management, and support NYC DOT’s strategic plan and City’s OneNYC goals.

 

“When the demand for goods increases while the space available to transport them becomes constrained, it can compromise mobility and limit access in ways that have real effects on people’s lives,” added Rosanna Collars, senior planner, Arup.

 

“The goal of the Smart Truck Management Plan is to safeguard the movement of freight in a city encountering such conditions. We are proud to have worked with the NYC DOT to develop a plan to future-proof New York’s freight systems and facilitate more sustainable and economical outcomes for all project stakeholders.”

 

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