The Future of Intermodal Freight Transport

The Future of Intermodal Freight Transport

Operations, Design and Policy

Transport Economics, Management and Policy series

Edited by Rob Konings, Hugo Priemus and Peter Nijkamp

This book explores the great challenge of increasing the scope of intermodal freight transport. In view of the current dominant role of road transport and the increasing difficulties in coping with a growing number of vehicles in an efficient and sustainable way, intermodal freight transport could be considered a viable alternative. However, the book makes recognition of the fact that there is still a need to improve the performance of the intermodal transport system.

Preface

Edited by Rob Konings, Hugo Priemus and Peter Nijkamp

Subjects: economics and finance, transport, environment, transport, urban and regional studies, transport

Extract

The importance of freight transport for our society is beyond dispute, but transport volumes are ever growing and the problems to accommodate freight flows in an efficient and sustainable way become increasingly alarming. Traffic congestion is rapidly growing and the quality of freight transport is not able to keep pace with the rising ambitions: shippers want higher reliability, lower prices, faster deliveries, more flexibility and higher service levels. In addition the side-effects of freight transport, such as the environmental deterioration, inefficient use of energy, space restrictions and traffic accidents, become more and more acknowledged as serious problems. In light of these problems there is a great challenge to achieve a breakthrough in the improvement of the performance of freight transport systems. Learning from experiences in the field of passenger transport, intermodal transport offers interesting opportunities to improve the performance of a transport system. This volume gives an overview of the current operations, design, modelling tools, policy and other issues related to intermodal freight transport. The book is a collection of contributions of researchers from the research program Freight Transport Automation and Multimodality (FTAM), carried out at Delft University of Technology, together with experts in this field from many different countries. Delft University of Technology has also financially supported this research programme and this book project. THE AUDIENCE FOR THE BOOK The book is written from a multidisciplinary perspective, because of the complexity and diversity of relevant issues. Such an approach has the great...