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Sustainable Urban Freight Transport

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2022) | Viewed by 2688

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Resilience Research Unit, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8520, Japan
Interests: city logistics; urban freight transport; ITS
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Department of Transport Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
Interests: physical internet; urban freight; intelligent transport systems; freight modelling; distribution network; city logistics
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue titled “Sustainable Urban Freight Transport” aims to provide recent advances in the modelling, planning and evaluation of urban freight transport for sustainable and liveable cities. To achive sustainable urban freight transport, the application of emerging technologies is essential, including IoT (Internet of Things), ICT (information and communication technologies), ITS (intelligent transport systems), AI (artificial intelligence), big data, AV (autonomous vehicles) and robots. Data collection and analyses using these innovative technologies are important for modelling urban freight transport. 

Collaboration among stakeholders is also critical for successful implementation of policy measures of city logistics. Data sharing between the public authorities and private companies is required to plan and evaluate effective policy measures before implementing them. Evaluation of policy measures in considering social, economic and environmental issues is needed.

We welcome papers on the following topics for this Special Issue:

(1)    Modelling city logistics using vehicle routing and scheduling, location routing, multi-agent simulation and network flow models;
(2)    Planning and management of city logistics schemes, including joint delivery, off-hour delivery, access control, urban consolidation centres and parcel rockers;
(3)    Application of innovative technologies including ICT, ITS, IoT, big data, AI, AV and robots in city logistics;
(4)    Hyperconnected city logistics based on the Physical Internet;
(5)    Collaboration and coordination among stakeholders;
(6)    Evaluation of city logistics measures in case studies in terms of costs, environment, safety and energy consumption;
(7)    The use of electric vehicles, cargo bikes, burges and trams for urban freight transport;
(8)    Impacts of land use on urban freight transport;
(9)    The integration of urban freight transport and passenger traffic;
(10)  Case studies on sustainable urban freight transport in real cities.

Prof. Eiichi Taniguchi
Prof. Dr. Russell Thompson
Guest Editors

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  • urban freight transport
  • sustainability
  • emerging technologies
  • modelling
  • stakeholders’ collaboration
  • Physical Internet
  • urban planning
  • electric vehicles

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14 pages, 2123 KiB  
Opinion of Residents about the Freight Transport and Its Influence on the Quality of Life: An Analysis for Brasília (Brazil)
by Cesar Eduardo Leite, Sérgio Ronaldo Granemann, Ari Melo Mariano and Leise Kelli de Oliveira
Sustainability 2022, 14(9), 5255; - 27 Apr 2022
Cited by 3 | Viewed by 1853
Urban Freight Transport (UFT) is responsible for moving goods in urban areas to meet citizens’ demands, which makes it essential for economic development. Simultaneously, UFT contributes to adverse impacts on society and the environment, including congestion and pollution. This paper assesses how the [...] Read more.
Urban Freight Transport (UFT) is responsible for moving goods in urban areas to meet citizens’ demands, which makes it essential for economic development. Simultaneously, UFT contributes to adverse impacts on society and the environment, including congestion and pollution. This paper assesses how the urban infrastructure and UFT externalities influence the residents’ quality of life. Three major assumptions were considered: (i) Public managers are responsible for the urban infrastructure, which is also influenced by businesses; (ii) UFT leads to negative externalities, which are influenced by government actions; and (iii) both infrastructure and externalities influence the residents’ quality of life. The analysis is based on a web-based survey conducted with residents of Brasília, Brazil. Structural Equation Modelling with Partial Least Squares was used to analyze the data. Findings showed that the residents’ quality of life is negatively influenced by UFT externalities and positively influenced by the urban infrastructure. Furthermore, both public and private management have more influence on externalities when compared to urban infrastructure. Finally, road capacity, proper loading and unloading, and supervision should be prioritized to improve citizens’ quality of life in Brasília. Full article
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