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Sustainable Freight Strategy

Portland, Oregon

Market Sector

Mobility, Planning, and Management


Freight Mobility

Services Provided




T.Y. Lin International led the development of a “sustainable freight strategy” to plan for goods movement in the context presented in the draft Portland Plan 2035, which anticipates a far denser population, with significant increases and changes in consumption patterns, as well as increased and diverse economic activities. While shippers and carriers will certainly respond to these changes with different logistics strategies, it is essential that the City of Portland also consider what can be done to make sure that its actions can help businesses grow and that they avoid creating impedances to freight flows. An important aspect of the research for the project is to develop an understanding of the freight mobility strategies that are already employed by cities with the kind of denser environments and economic and population characteristics that we expect over the next 20 to 30 years.

Project Highlights:

  • Development of a sustainable freight strategy
  • Comparative analysis using five case studies

Through case studies of a minimum of five cities, T.Y. Lin International illustrated how shippers and carriers move goods in such environments, and what the role of local government is in helping goods to flow efficiently. The government’s role can be related to land use decision-making, making technologies available, parking policies, traffic controls and communications systems, environmental and/or freight traffic regulations.

The City and its stakeholders are interested in understanding the business components of operating in denser environments. That is, what logistics and other strategies are employed to keep operating costs low, and productivity high, when delivering goods in denser urban environments. Suggested case study cities included: New York City, Toronto, Vancouver, BC, Chicago, Rotterdam, and Copenhagen.