Exploring the Potential for Off Peak Delivery in Metropolitan Chicago: Research Findings and Conclusions

OPD MapBusinesses generally want to receive deliveries during their normal work hours.  Truckers need to schedule deliveries to meet those demands.  As a result, most truck deliveries occur during the most congested daytime traffic periods.

If more businesses would accept deliveries in off peak times when there is less traffic congestion, trucks could deliver goods faster and at less cost. That would reduce congestion and cost of goods, and yield economic and environmental benefits.

This report summarizes our research over the past two years on possible strategies to shift more deliveries of goods to times when traffic is light – i.e., off-peak delivery (OPD) – as one way to lessen congestion in the Chicago area.  The research included review of literature and case studies, data analysis, mapping, interviews and policy analysis.  And the research team collaborated with the Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago (SINC).

Principal Investigator(s):

James C. LaBelle

Participants:

James C. LaBelle

Sheena F. Frève

Ellen Gottschling

Status:

08/15/2016

Objective:

Present research and implementation options as a foundation for future efforts by interested organizations to consider and adopt strategies and methods to shift more deliveries to off-peak times.

Strategy:

Instead of this report serving as the basis for launching a pilot program now, it presents research and options as a foundation for future efforts by interested organizations to consider and adopt strategies and methods to shift more deliveries to off-peak times

Expected Results or Products:

Findings and conclusions discussed in this report include:

  1. OPD programs have been successfully implemented in several places around the world.
  2. OPD can yield substantial benefits, but it can be challenging to implement.
  3. The benefits and costs of OPD are not always evenly distributed. An OPD program would need to be carefully designed to balance the benefits and costs to make it practical for carriers, receivers, shippers, customers and the community.
  4. Some OPD is happening now, but better data is needed to understand its extent.
  5. Further efforts should be made to shift deliveries to off-peak times. There are several ways that more OPD can happen in Chicago.

NOTE: Due to the file size, the complete report, “Exploring the Potential for Off Peak Delivery in Metropolitan Chicago: Research Findings and Conclusions,” had to be saved in three parts. Please click on the links below to download each section of the report as a pdf file.

 

 

Contact:

James C. LaBelle
Urban Transportation Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
412 South Peoria Street, Suite 340
Chicago, IL 60607
Mobile: (312) 259-7454
Email: jlabelle@uic.edu  or  jimlabelle51@gmail.com

 

Dr. P.S. Sriraj
University of Illinois at Chicago
412 South Peoria Street, Suite 340”
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.413.7568
Email: sriraj@uic.edu 

Edward Bury
University of Illinois at Chicago
412 South Peoria Street, Suite 340
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-413-1967
Email: ebury@uic.edu

Sponsors:

National University Rail Center (NURail)

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Illinois Department of Transportation

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