Organized by the METRANS Transportation Center and sponsored by the NCST, The International Urban Freight Conference provides a forum for multidisciplinary research on all aspects of urban freight and raises the visibility of urban freight research. I-NUF is recognized as the premier venue for urban freight research. It draws participants from around the world representing the research community, the private sector, and government.
Urban freight is a growing area of research. As the population becomes increasingly urbanized, cities become larger and more dense; transport demands of both passengers and freight become more challenging to manage. When population and economic activity are concentrated, the externalities of freight--air pollution, noise, traffic congestion--affect more people. At the same time, some of the solutions that solve passenger transport problems, such as more use of non-motorized modes or alternative fuel vehicles, are much more difficult to apply to freight transport. Cities have historically been centers of trade, and globalization has reinforced this role. The largest ports, airports, and trade centers are located in cities, adding another dimension to urban freight. Finally, freight accounts for a substantial share of all transport sector GHG emissions. Developing ways to reduce these emissions is critical, whether through better managing freight demand, more efficient freight flows, new vehicle technologies, or other strategies.
I-NUF 2019 will feature papers and presentations in the following thematic areas:
- Local/last mile pickup and delivery
- Trade nodes and hubs – ports, airports, distribution hubs
- Freight modes – trucking, rail, water
- Urban modeling and planning
- New technology
- Changing consumption, production and spatial organization
- Best practices
CITT State of the Trade and Transportation Industry Town Hall Meeting
“Smart Technology and Port Operations: Implications for the Economy, the Environment and the Workforce”
The annual CITT Town Hall will address the future of how we move goods and what this means for our national and regional competitiveness, the livability of our communities and the opportunities and challenges for the workforce. Technology can contribute to a more efficient and cleaner supply chain, including port and terminal operations; but technology also contributes to a change in the way goods are moved and the skills needed by the waterfront workforce.
MetroFreight Workshop for Policymakers and Planners
Urban Freight Solutions for a Smart City
This half-day workshop provides opportunities for planners and policymakers to share best practices and common concerns about the movement of freight within and through cities. Using the recently released Complete Streets Guidebook as the framework, the workshop will allow participants to examine and evaluate potential freight management strategies from their own perspectives. The workshop is by invitation, and will bring together practitioners from throughout the US and the world.