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April 16, 2024   //   
Since launching in 2016, the Urban Freight Lab has been at the forefront of testing innovative solutions within Seattle’s urban environment. With the support of the City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and private sector members spanning retail, technology, manufacturing, real estate, and shipping, the Urban Freight Lab (UFL) has led groundbreaking initiatives aimed at addressing curb management, congestion, and improving safety and equity on city streets.
December 20, 2023   //   
December 15, 2023 — A new first-of-a-kind study titled Ecommerce and Environmental Justice in Metro Seattle written by Urban Freight Lab researchers sheds light on disparities in delivery-related air pollution affecting neighborhoods near Amazon's last-mile facilities in the Seattle metropolitan area. The study reveals an imbalance between those benefitting from online shopping and those affected by its environmental impact.
Illustration of a city street with bikes, pedestrians, and a van.
October 26, 2023   //   
The Urban Freight Lab announces the release of a new white paper, Biking the Goods: How North American Cities Can Prepare for and Promote Large-Scale Adoption of E-Cargo Bikes.
May 2, 2023   //   
March 15, 2023 — Urban Freight Lab researchers Anne Goodchild, Dr. Giacomo Dalla Chiara, Rishi Verma, Kelly Rula have published a new report on Analysis of Online Shopping and Shopping Travel Behaviors in West Seattle, exploring consumer shopping behavior (both online and in-person) in West Seattle during the closure of the High Bridge (the connection between the West Seattle peninsula and the rest of the city) due to structural deterioration.
May 2, 2023   //   
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) program has awarded a $2 million grant support the development of the Last-Mile Freight Curb Access Program: Digitizing the Last Mile of Urban Goods to Improve Curb Access and Utilization, a cross-sectoral collaboration between the Urban Freight Lab and Open Mobility Foundation, and led by the Seattle Department of Transportation.
March 17, 2023   //   
March 17, 2023 — New Urban Freight Lab paper "Do Parcel Lockers Reduce Delivery Times? Evidence from the Field" published in Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review shows that using lockers for parcel delivery can decrease in-building delivery time by a significant 50-60%.
March 9, 2023   //   
March 9, 2023 — Urban Freight Lab researchers José Machado, Gabriela Girón-Valderrama, Anne Goodchild, and Ed McCormack have published a new report on Supporting Comprehensive Urban Freight Planning by Mapping Private Load and Unload Facilities — the first urban inventory of private load and unload infrastructure and a demonstrated valuable resource for the City of Seattle to better understand and plan for the urban freight system.
February 13, 2023   //   
December 21, 2022 — The Urban Freight Lab is cited as a model for stakeholder engagement in New York City's Delivering the Goods: NYC Urban Freight in the Age of Ecommerce, authored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA)Freight and Logistics Working Group as a blueprint for an efficient, equitable, and sustainable goods movement system that benefits the entire city.
February 1, 2023   //   
February 1, 2023 — How cities and companies shape urban delivery in the coming decade will have important implications for businesses and communities. In January 2022, we launched the Urban Freight 2030 Project to create a collective vision for the urban freight system over the next decade.
December 17, 2022   //   
December 17, 2022 — The Master of Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics program (MSCTL) has named first-year student Julio Fuentes (MSCTL '24) as recipient of the $5,000 2022 Matson Diversity in Supply Chain Scholarship, selected from this year's pool of applicants for admission. Julio started his transportation engineering career in Mexicali, a U.S.-Mexico border city and hub for manufacturing and export services. Supply chain is in Julio's blood, he says.
December 1, 2022   //   
December 1, 2022 — A new special issue of Research in Transportation Business & Management (RTBM) on Urban Logistics: From Research to Implementation, edited by Prof. Anne Goodchild and Prof. Michael Browne (University of Gothenburg). The issue looks at some of the most recent work in urban logistics and examines the most pressing issues, including scalability and sustainability, and includes an editorial. [sc name="more-about-urban-freight-lab"][/sc]
November 17, 2022   //   
November 17, 2022 — Urban Freight Lab researchers Giacomo Dalla Chiara, Fiete Krutein, Andisheh Ranjbari, and Anne Goodchild have published a new paper on "Providing Curb Availability Information to Delivery Drivers Reduces Cruising for Parking" in Scientific Reports — the first work to explore the impacts of providing curb parking availability data to delivery drivers and evaluate the benefits of digital curb visibility.
November 7, 2022   //   
November 7, 2022 — Urban Freight Lab researchers Giacomo Dalla Chiara, Griffin Donnelly, Şeyma Güneş, and Anne Goodchild have published the first-of-a-kind detailed profile of a cargo cycle driver's parking and driving behaviors in a new article —  "How Cargo Cycle Drivers Use the Urban Transport Infrastructure" — in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.
November 2, 2022   //   
November 2, 2022 — The Urban Freight Lab hosted our quarterly membership meeting today at Playground Global, a venture capital firm, tech incubator, and engineering lab in Palo Alto, and home to UFL members Lacuna Technologies and BrightDrop.
October 31, 2022   //   
October 31, 2022 — Urban Freight Lab researchers Andisheh Ranjbari, Caleb Diehl, Giacomo Dalla Chiara, and Anne Goodchild have published a new paper on "What is the Right Size for a Residential Building Parcel Locker?" in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. The paper investigates the UFL's 2020 study of a common-carrier parcel locker installed in a residential building in downtown Seattle provided by Parcel Pending.