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Why Goods Movement Matters - by the RPA in collaboration with the VREF 

Produced by the Regional Plan Association and the VREF's Research Centers, this report about the strategies for moving goods in metropolitan areas has for purpose to highlight the importance of the good movement system. It has also for aim to provide an overview of the research the VREF Initiative on Urban Freight centers have completed for policy makers, developers and other key decision makers.

This brief produced by Regional Plan Association, in close cooperation with the three Urban Freight research centers inititated by the VREF, is available in Chinese, English, French and Spanish.

Similar to each center’s mandate, this brief focuses on urban freight and the challenges faced in metropolitan areas and their urban centers. The wide range of challenge and solutions presented in this report reflects the varying political contexts and experience of urban areas worldwide.

The research and input from each of the research centers is incorporate throughout the brief, with no division of authorship across sections, stressing the coherent network supported by VREF.

Moreover, a website is available as an interactive version of the report that summarizes key content and includes among other items links to relevant CoE research.


The report and the flyers for dissemination are available in the column beside:

  • English:   Why Goods Movement Matters
  • French: Le Transport de Marchandises: Un Enjeu Important
  • Spanish:  La Importancia Del Transporte de Carga
  • Chinese:  货运为何如此重要 - 城市圈货物运输策略

The interactive website:

About Regional Plan Association (RPA)

Regional Plan Association is America’s most distinguished independent urban research and advocacy organization. RPA improves the New York metropolitan region’s economic health, environmental sustainability and quality of life through research, planning and advocacy. Since the 1920s, RPA has produced three landmark plans for the region and is working on a fourth plan that will tackle challenges related to sustained economic growth and opportunity, climate change, infrastructure and the fiscal health of our state and local governments.

Other links about VREF's activities within the theme Urban Freight:

- MetroFreight (

- SUFS (

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