CityPorto proposes a freight distribution service using an urban consolidation centre (UCC) and a fleet of low-polluting vehicles.
The main urban transport problems in Padova are traffic congestion and noise, low air quality and important commercial vehicle traffic into the city centre. The city has defined a restricted access zone, called ZTL (Zone with Limited Traffic).
The aim of Cityporto is to optimize and consolidate the urban distribution of goods in order to contribute to the decongestion of traffic in city centres.
Cityporto transit point is located inside the freight village area of Interporto Padova, just 2
miles outside the City Centre and close to the
major highways. This is a strategical location because of:
-Availability of logistics platforms
-Neutral role with freight transport operators
-Development of a dedicated IT System for Cityporto services

The freight transport operators deliver their goods with destination to the city centre – Limited Traffic Zone and closer urban ring – to a logistics platform in Interporto Padova dedicated to the consolidation of the deliveries.
IT System support the managing of the daily delivery plans: Cityporto eco-friendly vehicles leave the platform and cover the «last mile» having maximized their loading capacity in benefit of reduced number of delivery trips at best.
Actors involved: Interporto Padova (intermodal terminal); City of Padua; Commerical Chamber of Padua; A.P.S. Holding A.p.A., freight transport operators.

Resources needed

Public contribution of 360.000 € for the first 4 years. The scheme runs with no public fundings since 2007.
Other Resources needed:
infrastructural: a terminal for consolidation, management software, CNG vehicles
human resources: one operation manager+3 people for goods’ handling and distribution

Evidence of success

CityPorto represents a really operating service of delivery of goods in urban area carried out with a fleet of hybrid and CNG vehicles which consolidate the deliveries of different transport operators, meanwhile reducing the traffic of freight transport vehicles.
To date 55 operators using the last mile delivery scheme offered by Cityporto Padova. Deliveries grew from 44.472 (2005) to 100.521 (2015).

Difficulties encountered

Primary Obstacle:
-Express courier operators do not lile these systems as they see it an anti competition policy.
Lessons learned:
-Transport operators have to be involved in the project on a voluntary basis.
-Economic sustainability is necessary.

Potential for learning or transfer

Cityporto’s key of success are:
-Stakeholder involvement
-Full support of Municipality
-Industrial plan focused on economic sustainability
-Voluntary subscription of the operators to the service
-Location of a freight village close to the urban area
-Gradual steps of implementation of the activities
Main institution
Interporto Padova
Veneto, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
April 2004
End Date


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