Loading Zones

Manage, expand, and diversify loading zones to promote efficient use of curb space to accommodate expanding demand in a post-pandemic environment.


Strategies include:

  • Allow flexible loading curb zones to accommodate various types of loading, such as passenger loading, goods loading or curbside pick-up, and commercial loading; the allowance of different types of loading may vary based on time of day.
  • Implement passenger pick-up and drop-off (PUDO) zones in areas with increased transportation network company (TNC) activity. Partner with TNCs to gain access to PUDO data to determine locations best suited for PUDO zones.
  • Provide curb space for fuel-efficient or zero-emission vehicles, also called green loading zones, for food pick-up zones, and for shared micromobility storage.
  • Expand the time use of loading curb zones to include weekends and evenings.
  • Price commercial vehicle loading zones (CVLZs) to incentivize shorter stays.
  • Integrate loading zones with on-street zones as part of a larger curb management strategy to ensure coordination between different uses of the curb space.
  • Site loading curb zones based on data from in-person loading observations, parking occupancy observations, and merchant interviews/surveys.
Design Guidelines
Policy & Implementation
The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies
Guiding Principles of Land Use
Flexible Zoning Strategies
Street Design Implementation
Revising Transportation Analysis Practices
Transportation Demand Management
Rethinking Vehicle Parking Requirements
Parking Management
Best Practices to Attract Successful Developers
Clarifying Design Expectations
Integrating Retail into Transit Oriented Development
Community Planning for Rail Transit
Additional Resources
Photo of sign stating school loading times attached to a pole
School Loading Zone