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Freight and Global Logistics

Evaluating a Microhub Pilot Program

Rapid urbanization in cities like New York City (NYC) has spurred an overwhelming surge in consumer demand, with a consequential 80% of deliveries now aimed at residential customers. Predominantly facilitated by trucks, which account for 90% of deliveries, this has detrimentally impacted air quality, traffic congestion, and overall life quality. In response, NYC has initiated the concept of micro-distribution centers or microhubs—spaces designed to transition deliveries from larger trucks to sustainable modes such as electric vehicles or cargo cycles.

Benjamin Miller

Benjamin Miller’s work as an environmental policy planner has focused on the past, present, and future infrastructure of the New York metropolitan region, particularly its solid waste management systems and freight transport networks. He has served as director of policy planning for the New York City Department of Sanitation and deputy director of the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination; is the co-founder of CommunityCartography, Inc.

Innovative Freight Logistics Partnering in the Material Reuse Sector

New York City’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability issued an updated version of PlaNYC, the city’s comprehensive long range plan to improve the environment and quality of life for future New Yorkers, in April 2011. Among many goals stated in the plan, the city aims to divert 75 percent of solid waste from landfills by 2030.1 A primary initiative identified to achieve this goal is to increase material reuse in the city.

Martin E. Robins

The founding director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Mr. Robins has over 30 years of experience in transportation planning and policy. Mr. Robins conceptualizes and implements a program of policy research and public forums on transportation-related issues affecting New Jersey, the Northeast and the nation. He provides guidance on major investment transportation projects and policy issues, and has experience planning and implementing light rail systems and major capital investments in passenger rail service.

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