• Safety of the Urban Freight System: Key Performance Indicators

    NCDOT Research Project Number: 2020-36

 Executive Summary

  • Goods movement benefits the North Carolina economy by providing firms and consumers with needed materials. The freight sector has long monitored key performance indicators (KPIs) focused around delay and efficiency. This project focused on how monitoring of road safety KPIs could benefit goods movement in North Carolina. We recommend that North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Office of Logistics + Freight (OLF) consider systematic monitoring of commercial vehicle-involved crashes across the state by focusing on overall crashes, fatalities, and severe injuries. We suggest that monitoring efforts leverage existing work based on the police crash reports. For example, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Resource Lab (COVERLAB) at North Carolina State University currently geocodes and presents information on commercial vehicle crashes. We recommend OLF consider augmenting currently available indicators with information on the number of commercial vehicle crashes involving vulnerable road users, i.e. pedestrians and cyclists, as this is an emerging area of concern in road safety. Additionally, we recommend that OLF track publicly available indicators on an annual basis using the database that we have provided in this report.

Noreen McDonald
Noreen McDonald
Dana Magliola
Curtis T. Bradley
UNC Chapel Hill

 Report Period

  • July 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020


  • Complete


  • Planning, Policy, Programming and Multi-modal

 Sub Category

  • Trucking and Freight

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