The Smart Freight Project as a Superior Way to Cope with Congestion and Environmental Negative Externalities in Urban Areas

Dagmara Bubel, Katarzyna Szymczyk
2016 Transportation Research Procedia  
Congestion, car exhaust gases, permanent noise and risk of accidents are the most common and severe problems in conurbations, especially in their cores or commerce districts. Such problems basically result from the continuously increasing amount of private and business vehicles on streets. It is obvious that more cars moving on the streets indicate more environmental negative externalities, therefore, new solutions to combat them are not only needed, but absolutely necessary. The aim of this
more » ... semination paper is to focus on the idea of the SmartFreight project which was introduced in the UE a few years ago, but still has been neglected by many city representatives or cargo delivery companies. The project deals with all the problems that appear inside city centres due to cargo trucks services or lorry door-to-door delivery. The authors of this paper posit the hypothesis that for the time being, the SmartFreight project is the best solution against congestion and environmentally harmful externalities in urban areas. To support the hypothesis and show the effectiveness and benefits of the SmartFreight project implementation, the authors discuss all assumptions of the SmartFreight project and analyse statistics, figures and survey data collected in the cities where the SmartFreight project has been launched.
doi:10.1016/j.trpro.2016.11.004 fatcat:2sfggxtp3rhqdmtoi5lex553ba