Incentivizing Off Peak Delivery of Freight

UIC Project Information

NuRail Project IDNURail2013-UIC-R13
Project TitleIncentivizing Off Peak Delivery of Freight
UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Project ManagerSteve Schlickman
Principal InvestigatorSteve Schlickman
PI Contact Information
Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided (by each agency or organization)$136,353 NURail Funds; TBD Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI)
Total Project Cost$TBD
Agency ID or Contract NumberDTRT12-G-UTC18 (Grant 1)
Start Date2014-08-18
End Date2015-08-31
Brief Description of Research ProjectThe purpose of this project is to conduct research and collaborate with freight business leadership, including freight railroads, to determine the feasibility of launching an off-peak delivery (OPD) incentive pilot program in metropolitan Chicago. Due to the interconnected character of the freight industry, the economic benefits of such a pilot program would accrue to shippers, railroad and trucking companies, and the businesses receiving goods.The scope of this project includes:
- Research on best practices learned from OPD examples, including those in New York and Los
- Development of a foundational understanding of the complex integrated nature of the supply chain and how a network of OPD could lead to more efficient results.
- Examination of regulations and public policies that may have an impact on implementation of an OPD pilot project in the region.
- Collaboration with stakeholders, such as SINC, World Business Chicago, and freight railroads, and relevant public agencies, including CMAP and CDOT. We are in a particularly strong position to partner with these stakeholders, as we have existing relationships with many of them (SINC, WBC, CMAP, CNT, freight railroads, Cook County, CDOT, IDOT, Illinois Tollway) which can benefit the project and increase its likelihood of success.
- Design of a pilot project to test OPD within the Chicago region. The project will be formulated to optimize scalability and will take into account connections to other transportation projects within the region.
- Identification and pursuit of possible sources of funding for the pilot project.
- Determination of evaluation methods, including setting baseline data and appropriate measures of the project's results.
- Identification of pitfalls to avoid.

This project will be conducted through research in partnership with World Business Chicago and the Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago (SINC), and through collaboration with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and rail and freight industry partners.
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Project Website
Final ReportNURail2013-UIC-R13_Off_Peak_NURail_Report_LaBelle1.pdf