; Curbside Delivery of Freight by Trucks in Downtowns of Small- and Medium-Sized Urban Areas
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Curbside Delivery of Freight by Trucks in Downtowns of Small- and Medium-Sized Urban Areas

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Freight mobility must be addressed in a comprehensive manner by both the private and the public sectors at all levels -- national, regional, statewide and in urban areas of all sizes. There are 370 small- to medium-sized urban areas (SMUAs) with populations less than 500,000 in the US, and freight mobility in these areas should be taken seriously. The use of curb space for parking and truck loading usually is not perceived as a problem in very small urban areas. This article presents findings of case studies in two SMUAs, Greensboro, NC, and Fargo, ND, dealing with a variety of issues involving pick-up and delivery of freight by trucks in downtown areas. It is intended to provide useful information to transportation planners and engineers working in SMUAs. Two case studies show some similarities and some significant differences that would be of interest to traffic engineers in SMUAs. Both Fargo and Greensboro have undertaken efforts to revitalize their respective downtown areas, including traffic engineering strategies.

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