Smart Transport Networks
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Smart Transport Networks

Market Structure, Sustainability and Decision Making

  • NECTAR Series on Transportation and Communications Networks Research

Edited by Thomas Vanoutrive and Ann Verhetsel

Transport is debated by many, and liberalization processes, transport policy, transport and climate change and increased competition between transport modes are the subject of heated discussion. Smart Transport Networks illustrates that whether concerning road, water, rail or air, knowledge on the structure of transport markets is crucial in order to tackle transport issues. The book therefore explores key factors concerning the structure of transport markets, their environmental impact, and questions why decision makers often fail to tackle transport-related problems.
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Chapter 11: Smart governance and the management of sustainable mobility: an illustration of the application of policy integration and transition management in the Port of Rotterdam

Harry Geerlings and Bart Kuipers

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Transport has many positive characteristics both for the individual user and for society as a whole. This explains why the transport sector, for more then a century now, has experienced an unprecedented growth. At the same time, transport has undesired side-effects. The almost unlimited demand for transport leads to congestion, and at the same time there are other serious concerns related to emissions (at the regional, national and the global levels), safety, health issues, and resource management. These concerns are encompassed in the concept of sustainability and sustainable mobility. Governments and other stakeholders are generally aware that policy measures are needed to find a balance between accessibility and sustainability. This is an enormous challenge, and the question arises: how can this be materialised? The challenge is often presented as the need for policy integration and a transition towards a sustainable transport system and new governance initiatives, such as transition management. The sometimes seemingly opposing goals of accessibility and sustainability are also coming together in the Port of Rotterdam. The port invests in the development of new port capacity, the ‘Second Maasvlakte’ – an extension of the port including large-scale container infrastructure. A major problem related to this port extension is the accessibility of the Second Maasvlakte and the effects on the quality of life in the surrounding urban areas.

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