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City Logistics Research, a Transatlantic Perspective

A report of the first EU-U.S. Transportation Research Symposium on city logistics research held in May 30-31, 2013 in Washington D.C is now available online external link.

The document external link presents the outcome of the first of four symposia to be organised until 2016, to encourage EU-U.S. research collaboration in this domain.

In 2012 the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB) launched a series of four joint symposia, from 2013 through 2016, with each symposium focused on a selected transport topic. The symposia provide forums for the exploration of opportunities for transatlantic collaboration in transportation research.

The first of these symposia, titled "City Logistics Research: A Transatlantic Perspective," took place on May 30–31, 2013, at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

Organised with the help of a planning committee of four European and four American top experts, the symposium included four sessions:

  • Demand Patterns and Trends;
  • Schemes and Technologies for Enhancing Urban

Distribution;

  • Terminals and Hubs: Impacts and Strategies; and
  • Logistics Efficiency in Urban Areas.

The symposium participants included 25 European and 25 American experts, researchers, academicians, and industry practitioners. The speakers reflected on the challenges of "last mile" cargo delivery in urban areas and the global supply chain and offered various examples of innovative uses of technology and solutions to increase throughput efficiency and reduce cost, traffic congestion, and vehicle emissions.

The report external link includes two preparatory analytical papers, a compilation of the presentations and a factual summary of the ensuing discussions at the event.

The second symposium, on "Transport Research Implementation: the Application of Research Outcomes" is scheduled in Paris on April 10-11 2014, preceding the 5th edition of the Transport Research Arena, a major conference about surface transport Research. TRA2014external link is scheduled in Paris on April 14-17 2014.

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