Poster: Strategies for Downtown Deliveries
Urbanization is a global trend that is placing heightened and complex demands on the streets of cities and towns. Convenience, and the availability of goods and services, is critical for the high quality of life that makes these communities desirable.
A livable downtown, rich with commerce, is dependent on the movement and delivery of goods to residents, businesses, and institutions. Modern trends including consumerism and the growing service sector have elevated the demand on already strained urban networks. This activity goes beyond commercial cores as direct-to-consumer deliveries (e-commerce) continue to grow. The transportation planning process must seek to strike a balance between freight operations and community goals, in order to ensure the livability for which most cities strive.
Forward thinking cities and regions have taken a proactive approach to fully incorporating freight delivery considerations into major planning initiatives such as complete streets efforts and new requirements for residential developments located in vibrant downtowns. This poster will explore the new trends in freight deliveries driven by technology and the growth of e-commerce. This poster will illustrate various strategies to accommodate deliveries in downtowns and dense residential developments, providing tools for local municipalities, traffic operation managers, businesses, and local residents.
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Confirmed SpeakerEXPERIENCE Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Manager, Community Revitalization, Office of Smart Growth (November 2013-present) • Manage the Strategies for Older Suburbs work program activities which includes a municipal grant program and municipal-level cooperative marketing program for older suburbs. • Oversee work program area budget and consultant contracts. • Oversee contract procurement process and budget for municipal grant awardees. • Work with planning staff and administration on grant program facilitation. • Author general reports, strategic, and comprehensive plans. • Facilitate open dialogue with local authorities through Roundtable series. Senior Regional Planner, Office of Smart Growth (August 2005-November 2013) • Managed the Strategies for Older Suburbs work program. • Managed a municipal grant program for older communities. • Developed and managed a municipal cooperative marketing program. • Authored general reports, strategic, and comprehensive plans. • Facilitated open dialogue with local authorities through Roundtable series • Internal Promotion to Manager, Community Revitalization to commensurate with increased work responsibilities, work performance, and experience. Regional Planner, Office of Smart Growth (February 2002-August 2005) • Managed a municipal grant program and related activities. • Authored general reports, strategic, and comprehensive plans. • Internal promotion to RA Level III in recognition of work performance and increased responsibilities. Project Implementation Coordinator, Office of Capital Projects and Management, (September 2001-January 2002) • Worked with PennDOT staff to move projects from preliminary design to construction. • Served as a liaison for municipal grant recipients on procurement process. Remington & Vernick Engineers and Affiliates, Haddonfield, New Jersey Municipal Planner (May 1999-August 2001) • Served as consulting zoning and planning board planner to several municipalities. • Reviewed development and subdivision plans. • Authored redevelopment and master plans. • Assisted surveying and inspection department. EDUCATION Masters of City Planning (MCP) Bachelor of Arts (BA), Sociology University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA Year Graduated: 1999 Year Graduated: 1997 AFFLIATIONS Member of American Planning Association (APA) Member of New Jersey American Planning Association (NJAPA) Certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Licensed Planner for the State of New Jersey (PP)
, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Confirmed SpeakerMichael Ruane is a Transportation Planner in the Office of Freight and Aviation Planning for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). Mr. Ruane has developed new freight data products, conducted technical analysis, and authored community level freight planning documents. While at DVRPC Mr. Ruane has worked to improve the usability of planning products including data visualization and web applications. In addition, Mr. Ruane plays an active role in organizing a quarterly freight advisory committee, the Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force, working closely with members of the freight community, member governments, and other public and private partners. Mr. Ruane holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.