You’ve seen the large trucks double parked, blocking travel lanes — or taking up precious parking spaces — while making their deliveries. It happens daily downtown, often at the height of the morning rush hour.
Now federal transportation officials are looking for a solution to get the delivery trucks blamed for clogging the roads off the streets during the busiest hours of the day.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a pilot program to encourage overnight deliveries in an effort to relieve congestion on city streets. The District started experimenting with this idea last spring, also hoping to reduce congestion downtown and in other busy corridors.
Beginning on July 1, 2015, deliveries and pick-ups for the 209 Firefly Tenn-Share member libraries (Welcome Memphis Public Library and Information Center!) will be handled by Expak Logistics. Steve Schmidt, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Expak, says, “We are so excited to have this contract, and to have another opportunity to serve a library community. We and our partners are committed to timely and correct deliveries across the 200+ libraries in Tennessee, and look forward to other libraries in the state joining Firefly.”
To preface this story – We take great pride to ensure we understand our clients’ needs and the risks associated therewith. If we were moving high value goods, we would know prior and ensure we have the proper insurance and security procedures. Further, we push down similar documented requirements on our carriers. Lastly, if we had an issue with a carrier, that is our problem, not our clients.