Freight transportation is a critical element of both our national and local economies. Yet, it creates a number of challenges for cities due to congestion, emissions, crashes, noise and other factors. This report provides cities with low cost policy-driven measures to reduce the negative impacts of freight transportation. Increasing the efficiency of freight movement and addressing the social costs and environmental justice issues of freight transportation are not mutually exclusive. The strategies identified in this report can help cities meet their transportation challenges in the years ahead while promoting just, healthy, and sustainable freight practices.
Bill Holloway, Satya Rhodes-Conway, and Chris Spahr. Urban Freight Transportation: Low Cost Measures to Reduce Negative Impacts. Mayors Innovation Project and the State Smart Transportation Initiative, 2014.