October 15, 2015 12:00PM (ET)

Incentivizing Off-Peak Delivery of Freight

Chicago consistently ranks among the most congested metropolitan areas in the country, and the impact of all that slow-moving traffic is a steady drain on the region’s economy.  An estimated 67% of the region’s total freight volume is moved by truck, a factor that contributes to and is impacted by congestion. The intermodal nature of current freight movement means congestion leads to slower movement of goods and higher prices throughout the entire supply chain.

Initiating an off-peak delivery (OPD) program, where deliveries are scheduled during hours when traffic is light, is one potential solution to alleviating congestion on Chicago roads and highways.

The benefits to moving deliveries to off-peak hours include:

  • Reduced costs and improved reliability for freight carriers.
  • Less expensive and more reliable deliveries for receivers of freight.
  • Increased efficiency and greater capacity within the Chicago freight rail network.
  • Less congestion for cars and trucks during peak travel hours.
  • Less pollution, greater efficiency and improved quality of life.

In this webcast, participants will learn about an OPD pilot project under development in metropolitan Chicago. View Handout | View Report

Presenter: James C. LaBelle, Senior Research Specialist, Urban Transportation Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

James C. LaBelle, a senior transportation and governmental affairs expert, is a Senior Research Specialist at the Urban Transportation Center, a research unit within the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jim’s current responsibilities include leading a team of researchers studying the feasibility of launching an off-peak delivery (OPD) incentive pilot program in metropolitan Chicago.

Most recently, Jim held the position of Vice President at Metropolis Strategies, a former Chicago research organization charged with maintaining and enhancing the economic competitiveness of the Chicago region. While at Metropolis Strategies, he worked on several significant policy initiatives, planning studies and related research used to guide transportation planning in and around Chicago and across the state.

Jim has experience as the top executive at local governmental agencies, including the Lake County Board and the Lake County Forest Preserve District; he’s also served on the Metra, Lake County Transportation Alliance and other leading transportation governing boards. A resident of north suburban Zion, Jim earned his Master’s and undergraduate degrees from Northern Illinois University.



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