The Future of Intermodal Freight Transport
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The Future of Intermodal Freight Transport

Operations, Design and Policy

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.
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Chapter 10: Designing Intermodal Transport Systems: A Conceptual and Methodological Framework

Arne Jensen


Arne Jensen INTRODUCTION 10.1 In this chapter, the term ‘conceptual framework’ is looked upon as a scientific toolbox to be used by the researcher for designing intermodal transport systems for freight. As in other scientific contexts, the framework developed here consists of concepts, relationships between concepts, and some conditions for the existence of relationships. However, the framework also contains some methodological suggestions for intermodal transport system design and how to apply the concepts in this context. In this methodological sense, the framework is also somewhat normative. The word ‘researcher’ should not be taken too literally. The academic researcher as well as the advanced practitioner belongs to the target group for this chapter. It draws heavily on research reported in Jensen (1990), but the framework developed here has been generalized, modified and updated to suit the present purpose. The System Designer The intended user of the framework is assumed to be responsible for designing an intermodal transport system for freight that is able to enter a competitive market and survive there. This implies that the framework suggested here is demand oriented. It regards shippers’ preferences as important determinants for transport system development. Let us use the term ‘system designer’ for the person or group of persons having this responsibility. The system designer may represent a company, a group of companies, a government authority, or simply the research interest of the scientific community. It is assumed that the intended end result of this use of the framework is...

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