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Columbus Launching Program To Coordinate Delivery Traffic

Amazon Prime delivery trucks.
Todd Van Hoosear

The city of Columbus announced a new program this week to help manage traffic flow around deliveries. It’s working with mobility company curbFlow to coordinate pickup and drop-off activity.

Robert Ferrin, the city’s assistant director of parking services, says demand for curb space comes from companies like Amazon, Uber and Lyft.

“Our expectation is by creating these zones and offering a payment and reservation platform that we can help to reduce the double parking that goes on out there, people that are parking and loading in the center turn lane and the cross walk, generally creating unsafe situations,” Ferrin says.

The city will give companies the option to reserve and pay for nine different loading zones through a mobile app that launches. During the 12-month pilot, the app will also gather data on how curbs are being used throughout the city.

“We hope that we can better help to manage congestion in these areas and that the data we receive will help us to understand that,” Ferrin says.

The app will launch November 18.

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.