Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force
9:00 am - 3:00pm
The ACP Building - 8th Floor
190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For directions Call (215) 592-1800
Please Use Sixth Street Entrance
8:30-9:00am, Registration (Coffee available)
9:00am – 9:45am, Session 1 – Making the Case
Urbanization is a global trend that is placing heightened and complex demands on city and town streets. One consideration which is often given little attention in the transportation planning process is the delivery and pick-up of goods to residents, businesses, and institutions. In seeking to strike a balance between freight operations and community goals, the private and public sectors must work together to address the unique challenges posed by downtown deliveries.
- Barry Seymour, Executive Director, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (moderator)
- Kimberly Berg, President, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association
- Michael Singer, Industrial Engineering Manager, and Jameson Ogg, West Chester Division Package Planner, UPS
- Tamiko Burnell, Transportation Specialist, Office of Freight Management and Operations, Federal Highway Administration
9:45am – 10:15am, Session 2 – Putting Tools in the Toolbox
The primary focus of this session is NCFRP Report 33: Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas: A Planning Guide, which is a guidebook and Initiative Selector tool that identifies a wide range of potential strategies and practical solutions to improve freight movement system performance in diverse metropolitan areas. The Guide is intended to serve as a comprehensive reference for planners for all portions of a metropolitan area, from the urban core to more suburban and exurban areas.
- Douglas Noble, Senior Director, Management and Operations, Institute of Transportation Engineers (moderator)
- Jeffrey Wojtowicz, Senior Research Engineer, and Johanna Amaya, Researcher/Doctoral Candidate, Center for Infrastructure, Transportation and the Environment, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
10:15am - 10:30am, Break
10:30am - 12pm, Session 3 – Highlighting Best Practices
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. Urban freight experts and practitioners from outside the Delaware Valley will share their accounts of specific successful strategies and identify the key elements which enabled their adoption.
- Angela Watson, Acting Director, Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports, and Waterways, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (moderator)
- Chris Lamm, Senior Associate/Freight Transportation Planner, Cambridge Systematics
- Stacey Hodge, Director, Office of Freight Mobility, New York City Department of Transportation
- Eulois Cleckley, Chief of Field Operations, District Department of Transportation
12pm-1pm, Lunch (9th floor; provided by DVRPC)
1:00pm - 2:15pm, Session 4 – Focusing on Local Conditions
The Delaware Valley region contains numerous urban neighborhood and suburban town settings, each possessing its own set of delivery issues and opportunities. Panelists will discuss downtown deliveries from diverse local perspectives such as traffic operations, enforcement, and business owners.
- Louis Belmonte, District 6 Traffic Engineer, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (moderator)
- Richard Montanez, Chief Traffic and Street Lighting Engineer, City of Philadelphia
- Richard Dickson, Deputy Executive Director, Philadelphia Parking Authority
- Renee Gilinger, Executive Director, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District
2:15pm – 3:00pm, Session 5 – Setting Priorities
In facilitated breakout groups, symposium attendees will seek to establish matches between the street typologies identified in the Philadelphia Complete Streets Design Handbook with appropriate delivery improvement initiatives found in NCFRP 33. Following discussion and voting, each group will report its primary findings and improvement priorities back to the entire group. Results will inform future downtown delivery symposia in additional cities and DVRPC’s own neighborhood freight planning work.
- Douglas Noble, Senior Director, Management and Operations, Institute of Transportation Engineers
- Ted Dahlburg, Manager, Office of Freight and Aviation Planning, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission