Operations, Design and Policy
Transport Economics, Management and Policy series
Edited by Rob Konings, Hugo Priemus and Peter Nijkamp
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...