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62 Guidebook for Understanding Urban Goods Movement Project Prioritization Processes Problems or Issues Infrastructure projects being funded and advanced do not address goods movement inefficiencies. Analysis/Evaluation Has a report summarizing the findings from the local goods movement evaluation study been prepared? Has a briefing or executive summary of the goods movement evaluation been prepared for local elected officials? Potential Solution Work with the local Chamber of Commerce or MPO to establish a freight advisory group made up of local business and industry leaders who ship or receive large volumes of freight to the area, Work with this group to identify projects under the jurisdiction of your local government that would most benefit urban goods movements in the area, Research how freight movements are considered in selecting projects by the local government and MPO, Educate the advisory group on who and how projects are selected and funded, Produce and provide a report on the findings from the goods movement analysis to elected officials, Use materials from the Resource CD to help educate local elected officials of the importance of efficient goods movement to local economic health and competitiveness, and Assist in providing advisory group members with data and facts on urban goods movements in the local jurisdiction. Measuring Success Measuring success will depend on the goals and objectives set by urban areas for integrating consideration of urban goods movement into the planning process and improving freight mobil- ity and access within the urban area. Following is a list of potential activities and actions that may be an initial step to defining and measuring quantifiable improvements to the system. The terms or concepts "freight" or "goods movement" are included in city/agency goals or policies. Members of planning commission or city's advisory committee include shipper, motor car- rier, or modal (rail, water, or airport) representative. Analysis of freight or urban goods movement is included in work conducted by planning and zoning staff, building codes department, and transportation department staff. City scan conducted to identify urban goods movement conflict locations--docking, parking, turning radii, height restrictions, weight restrictions (success can be measured by determin- ing how many locations are corrected). Interviews or surveys are conducted with local businesses and industries to discuss goods movement problems and issues (success can be measured by determining how many prob- lems are addressed). Truck routing study is conducted, truck routes identified, and adequate signage verified (suc- cess can be measured by development of a citywide truck routing plan that is compatible with surrounding regions).

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Putting It All Together: A Process for Evaluating and Addressing the Impacts 63 Working with MPO and neighboring jurisdictions is maintained to discuss shared urban goods movement problems, issues, and solutions. Working with owners and operators of warehouses and distribution centers, as well as inter- modal facilities is performed to study "last mile" issues (success can be measured by determin- ing how many locations are improved). Review and evaluation of design and zoning codes performed to assess if they are "freight friendly." Development of an urban goods movement action plan is performed. In evaluating projects for funding, freight or urban goods movements are a prioritization factor. Number of freight education sessions are conducted for the public, local decisionmakers, and officials Changes and improvements are made to improve freight mobility and access based on research. Changes to congestion, double parking, and freight-related complaints are visible.