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Research Project

Off-Peak Delivery: A Pilot Project for the Chicago Region

The objective was to complete research needed to launch an OPD pilot program in Chicago by year-end 2015.

Principal Investigator
LaBelle, James
Funding Source
National University Rail Center (NURail), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)


The purpose of this project is to conduct research and collaborate with freight business leadership, including freight railroads, to determine the feasibility of launching an off-peak delivery (OPD) incentive pilot program in metropolitan Chicago. A successful OPD program could offer: economic benefits due to the inter-connectivity of the industry; greater efficiency and reliability within the supply chain; and improved air and environmental quality through reduced travel times. The research was undertaken in cooperation with the Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago (SINC), an organization of freight business CEOs launched in late 2013 by World Business Chicago to build the region’s freight-related economy and make goods movement more efficient.Download the "Off-Peak Delivery: A Pilot Project for the Chicago Region" report.