Exploring the Potential for Off Peak Delivery in Metropolitan Chicago: Research Findings and Conclusions
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.
- Principal Investigator
- LaBelle, James
- Research Area(s)
- Data Development
- Policy Analysis
- Funding Source
- Illinois Department of Transportation, National University Rail Center (NURail)
Businesses 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). Download the "Exploring the Potential for Off Peak Delivery in Metropolitan Chicago: Research Findings and Conclusions" report.