October 24, 2014

Overview of Sustainable Urban Freight Practices and Public Sector Interventions

Time

1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location

1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village

Speaker(s)

Miguel A. Jaller, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis

Abstract

The freight system is vital for the urban economy and is a crucial determinant for the quality of life. It brings much needed supplies for the manufacture and consumption industries. However, it is also responsible for a great deal of negative externalities such as environmental pollution, unwanted noise and potential safety hazards. This presentation discusses a series of potential sustainable freight practices and public sector interventions that can help improve the system by reducing congestion, improving productivity, increasing freight system sustainability, and enhancing livability in the urban areas. The types of interventions include: infrastructure management; parking/loading management; vehicle-related; traffic management; pricing, incentives and taxation; logistical management; and freight demand/land use management. The discussion is the result from the research and work with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), transportation agencies and private companies to gain insight into the process of selecting and implementing strategies in urban areas. The research is funded by the National Cooperative Freight Research Program Project 26 “Improving Freight System Performance.”

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Miguel Jaller joins the department as Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering. Before joining UC Davis, he was a Research Associate at the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment (CITE), and at the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations’ Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems (CoE-SUFS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He has strong theoretical foundations and practical experience in industrial and transportation engineering and management. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad del Norte, Colombia. He received his M.E. in Transportation Engineering, M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from RPI. His research interests are in the areas of freight transportation, sustainable transportation systems, humanitarian logistics, supply chain management, and operations research. He has scientific and technical publications on these topics, and has presented at different national and international venues. Dr. Jaller has been part of a number of important research and consulting projects funded by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, the National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), among others.