Portland Truck and Loading Study
KAI worked with the City of Portland, Oregon, to develop a comprehensive truck loading and parking strategy for targeted areas within the City of Portland, including not only the downtown central business district but also the city’s central eastside industrial district, which is experiencing rapid growth and diversification of business activity. The purpose of the truck and loading study was to develop a toolbox of strategies for locating, designing, and operating on-street loading/unloading facilities that will enhance the economic vitality of the surrounding areas while also balancing commercial loading and parking needs with other uses in the public right-of-way. The work included a comprehensive data collection, analysis, and summary effort; extensive public outreach to key stakeholders to understand project needs, constraints, and opportunities; development of new performance measures that can be used to cost-effectively evaluate the effectiveness of each strategy; and the development of the strategies themselves. Strategies for both near-term and long-term conditions were developed in part through in-depth examination of what’s working and what isn’t in five major urban areas around the world possessing characteristics functionally similar to those of Portland. The results of this project are being integrated into a new comprehensive parking strategy for the City of Portland that will be adopted by the city council.