Why not set up transit stations to be "access points" for package delivery
The newest apartment buildings have special set ups in their accommodations for "mail" for packages, enabling various size packages to be put into special lockers accessible through the use of one-time codes ("Package locker industry lifts off," Multifamily Executive).
A few years ago, I suggested that local transportation master plans should consider package delivery as a matter for the plan ("City transportation departments need to set up innovation units"). From the blog entry:
- "bracing" UPS about offering convenient in-city package pick up options for missed deliveries. How hard could it be for UPS to set up package routing for missed deliveries to the UPS stores, or at least a package pick up depot? Note that UPS treats DC as part of the State of Maryland for routing purposes (cf. "Chins Up, Washingtonians. The Postmark's Back," Washington Post), which likely contributes to the problem.
Stores boot Amazon lockers").
Many transit stations, especially in the WMATA system, have unused space, and in the context of thinking of "transit stations as entrypoints to neighborhoods" and as nodes in what I am now calling the "sustainable mobility platform," why not set up locker systems where people could have packages delivered to transit stations, where they can pick them up on their way home from the station?
Many stations have similar types of empty spaces that could be used for lockers or inside the gates bike parking.
Well, one reason to not consider this would be the potential for terrorism, although presumably the packages get checked at various points in the process, before they would be delivered by a UPS, FedEx, or USPS driver.
Amazon has proposed delivering packages to transit vehicles ("Amazon envisions package pickups on public transit, using lockers on buses, trains and subways," GeekWire), but that seems inordinately complex to me.
Why not just set up package lockers at a transit station, and open up their use to any of the legitimate carriers, rather than to one specific firm and blocking out the others.
Alternatively, while it would make more sense to have a universal system, that would require management time and resources that a transit system doesn't normally have.
Maybe it's just a matter of setting up space and renting it out to UPS, Amazon, FedEx, etc., but those firms would have to create smaller locker systems, or at least a variable set of sizes, to fit into different spaces, especially tighter in-city locations.