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Urban Freight

Document Category: Consultation Paper, Urban Freight

Efficient urban logistics is a critical component of well-functioning urban mobility system. A high-performance urban logistics system cheaply and efficiently provides urban residents with the products they demand while minimizing external costs such as air pollution, congestion, traffic accidents and use conflicts with daily activities of urban residents. As economic development and urbanization accelerate and as consumption patterns shift towards e-commerce, the demands on urban logistics systems will grow rapidly. In order to support continued economic growth and employment opportunities, provide cost effective access to goods and services and enhance urban quality of life city managers must ensure that urban logistics systems evolve to meet that growing demand.

In order to position city planners to meet that challenge, Smart Cities Mission-Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs intends to launch a set of web-based resources to provide Smart Cities with information and guidance to support the creation of an efficient urban logistics system which focuses on three key opportunity areas:

  1. Reducing total freight demand, subject to the constraint that a city’s logistics system be able to meet the demands of the urban economy
  2. Reducing the amount of vehicle travel required to meet demand
  3. Reducing the cost, both internal and external, of each vehicle kilometer travelled.

In order to position municipal policy-makers to capture those opportunities we have provided context and background on the key issues in play in urban logistics, a performance measurement system to quantify the efficiency of urban logistics, a set of data collection methodologies to enable the effective use of that performance measurement system, a compendium of best practices which cities globally have used to improve urban logistics performance, and, finally, a guide and best practices in how public and private sectors can collaborate to design, finance and implement the required solutions.

Smart Cities Mission-Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs intends to launch a set of web-based resources to provide Smart Cities with information and guidance to promote electric vehicles deployment in their cities. These resources include a Framework document to provide a basic understanding of urban freight ecosystem, a Workbook to guide city managers in understanding various steps required for identifying and implementing strategies/plans for promoting electric mobility, an Evaluation Metrics document to provide a framework for assessing and tracking progress, and a Best Practices Compendium to illustrate examples of cities from around the world that have successfully implemented urban freight projects in their cities.

Urban Freight Sector Framework documents are intended to be used by city managers, municipal commissioners, CEOs of smart cities SPVs for development & integrated planning. These framework documents will help develop capacities of these officers to better understand this sector in terms of policy perspective, designing, financing, technology and overall development.

Your feedback and suggestions over draft transport data resources would be invaluable for us.

We request you to provide your feedback/ suggestions/ recommendations on this consultation

paper, here, by 24 January 2019.