Multimodal Transport Security
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Multimodal Transport Security

Frameworks and Policy Applications in Freight and Passenger Transport

Edited by Joseph S. Szyliowicz, Luca Zamparini, Genserik L.L. Reniers and Dawna L. Rhoades

The rapid growth of multimodal (intermodal) passenger and freight has created dangerous new security issues. This book addresses these issues with a multidisciplinary perspective. The evolution of policies and the organization of practices in several key countries are also described in depth. By analysing the similarities and differences in these priorities, frameworks and policies, this work identifies relevant benchmarks and best practices. It will be relevant for scholars, practitioners, and policy makers across a wide range of fields.
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Chapter 12: Challenges for multimodal passenger transport

Monika Bak and Jan Burnewicz


The forms of passenger transport analysed in publications and research reports are most frequently described by two notions – as multimodal transport and intermodal transport. It should be determined if there is any difference and what the difference is between these two terms. As far as the transport of goods is concerned the essence of these terms has already been set while in case of passenger transport quite substantial freedom of interpretation has been observed. The view that these terms are synonyms cannot be accepted (see Bockstael-Blok, 2001), nor can the idea that one notion is more popular in use in the US while the other in Europe. The majority of publications and Internet sources contain the statement underlying the difference in the essence of the two analysed modes of transport. The observation that the difference between these two terms lies in the fact that the multimodal term refers to passenger transport while intermodality refers to freight transport is a moot point (Sitran et al., 2011). In the case of freight transport Glossary for Transport Statistics confirms clearly that intermodal transport is a special type of multimodal transport.1 Although there is no similar official interpretation referring to passenger transport one can assume that also in this case the relationship between these two terms is similar.

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