Sustainable Freight Strategy

Sustainable Freight Strategy

Portland, Oregon
sustainable freight

TYLin led the development of a “sustainable freight strategy” to plan for goods movement in the context presented in the draft Portland Plan 2035 for Portland, Oregon.

The plan anticipates a far denser population, with significant increases and changes in consumption patterns and increased and more diverse economic activities.  

While shippers and carriers will respond to these changes with different logistics strategies, the benefit of a sustainable freight strategy is that the City of Portland can consider what can be done to ensure its actions help businesses grow while avoiding impedances to freight flows.  

An important research component was developing an understanding of freight mobility strategies employed by cities with denser environments and economic and population characteristics that resemble what Portland can expect over the next 20 to 30 years. This included identifying strategies employed to keep operating costs low and productivity high when delivering goods in denser urban environments.  

Using case studies, TYLin illustrated how shippers and carriers move goods in such environments, and what the role of local government is in helping goods to flow efficiently. That role can relate to land-use decision-making, available technologies, parking policies, traffic controls and communications systems, and environmental or freight traffic regulations. 

TYLin’s case studies included the cities of New York City and Chicago, Illinois, in the United States, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Copenhagen in Denmark.