Abstract for: Freight Vehicle Circulation Restriction Policy in an Emerging Country Metropolitan Area: undesired impacts

The objective of this study is to investigate the long term effects of freight vehicle circulation restriction policies in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area. The analysis will encompass the impacts of this policy in the congestion level as well as the transportation costs. The findings showed that the freight vehicle circulation restriction policies fail to reduce its impacts on the congestion level and causes an increase in the transportation costs. Alternative policies, like the implementation of a urban logistics platform, were pointed as more effective to reduce the traffic impact of freight vehicles and were capable of reducing transportation costs.