On September 16, 2015 a workshop titled “Improving Freight Systems in Metropolitan Areas: From New York City to Across the Globe” was held. The purpose of the workshop was to bring the public and private sectors and researchers together to discuss and share ideas on strategies to improve freight activity in metropolitan areas. This workshop was hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and was jointly sponsored by the VREF Center of Excellence for Sustainable Freight Systems (CoE-SUFS) and the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC).
The freight activity is a key contributor to the economy and quality of life but it is also a major source of congestion, air and noise pollution, and accidents. This workshop brought the public and private sectors and researchers together to discuss and share the ideas and strategies to improve freight systems.