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Learning from Truckers: Moving Goods in Compact, Livable Urban Areas

Description: This study sought to understand how to best move and deliver goods in compact urban centers while maintaining the other functions of a vibrant, healthy center for social and commercial exchange. The research approach utilized focus groups of unionized truck drivers who work in urban and suburban centers in metropolitan Seattle. The objective of this qualitative research was to gain participants' insights and perspectives about the design, regulatory, enforcement, and management factors that facilitate or impede their ability to carry out their jobs. This study represents the only documented case in which truck drivers themselves were asked about issues affecting freight movement and compact urban form, issues of increasing importance in metropolitan areas seeking to reinforce existing urban centers and create new ones out of low density suburban areas. Drivers provided specific observations and suggestions in the categories of curb space and alley management, pedestrian interaction, building entrances, loading docks and signage, zoning and design, and technology and equipment.

  • Date Published: June, 1997
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 431.1
  • Last Modified: May 23, 2007
  • Authors: Gary Pivo, Daniel Carlson, Matthew Kitchen, Don Billen.
  • Originator: Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
  • # of Pages: 66 p., 331 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Activity centers, Building entrances, Equipment, Loading facilities, Pedestrian vehicle interface, Technology, Truck drivers, Truck loading facilities, Urban areas, Urban goods movement, Zoning.
  • Keywords: Urban goods movement, livable urban centers, Seattle Metropolitan Region, truck driver's insights.
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This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008