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The Future of Intermodal Freight Transport

Operations, Design and Policy Edited by Rob Konings, Senior Researcher, Freight Transport Systems, OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies, Delft University of Technology, Hugo Priemus, Professor Emeritus of System Innovation and Spatial Development, Delft University of Technology and Peter Nijkamp, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands and the Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iasi, Iasi, Romania
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.
Extent: 360 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84542 238 7
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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.

The expert contributors provide an overview of the present role of intermodal freight transport, address opportunities to significantly improve current performance, and demonstrate design and modelling tools used to analyse and support this performance. Requirements for the implementation of intermodal innovations are also prescribed, and policies needed to improve competitiveness are outlined.

Many factors contributing to the performance and competitiveness of intermodal freight transport are explored, from technological and organisational innovations through to institutional settings and policy frameworks. This comprehensive range of topics will attract a broad audience including academics, researchers, policymakers and practitioners involved in the design and development of freight transport systems. It will also strongly appeal to those with an interest in the future of freight transport.
‘. . . the book will be a valuable resource for students, researchers, policy makers and practitioners.’
– Competition and Regulation in Network Industries

‘The book is well balanced. . . The authors depict the reality of this complex world and identify the right strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.’
– Bart Jourquin, European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research

‘. . . the editors and the expert contributors provide a timely overview of the present role and challenges of intermodal freight transport. . . the book will not only be appealing to academics and researchers with an interest in the emerging field of intermodal transport research. As the book is largely kept at an executive and policy level, it is also appealing to practitioners and policy makers. . . the book is a valuable contribution to the study of intermodal freight transport as a new transportation research application field. It is an essential reading for all stakeholders in the field of intermodal freight transportation, providing them with insight and tools to address the mounting academic and practical challenges in this segment of the transport and logistics market.’
– Theo Notteboom, Journal of Transport Geography
Contributors: F. Bärthel, L. Chatterjee, M. den Hengst, K.-P. Franke, J. Holguín-Veras, A. Jensen, R. Konings, E. Kreutzberger, T.R. Lakshmanan, T. Nemoto, P. Nijkamp, T. Notteboom, R. Paaswell, A. Perl, H. Priemus, P. Rietveld, J. Rijsenbrij, F. Schwarz, B. Stone, E. Taniguchi, D. Tsamboulas, B. Wiegmans, J. Woxenius
Contents:

Preface

1. The Future of Intermodal Freight Transport: An Overview
Rob Konings, Hugo Priemus and Peter Nijkamp

PART I: INTERMODAL TRANSPORT OPERATIONS
2. Intermodal Road–Rail Transport in the European Union
Johan Woxenius and Fredrik Bärthel

3. Intermodal Freight Transport in the United States
Lata Chatterjee and T.R. Lakshmanan

4. Intermodal Freight Transport in Urban Areas in Japan
Eiichi Taniguchi and Toshinori Nemoto

5. Bundling of Freight Flows and Hinterland Network Developments
Theo Notteboom

6. Container Terminal Handling Quality
Bart Wiegmans, Peter Nijkamp and Piet Rietveld

PART II: DESIGN AND MODELLING
7. Container Handling in Mainports: A Dilemma About Future Scales
Joan Rijsenbrij

8. A Technical Approach to the Agile Port System
Klaus-Peter Franke

9. The Impacts of Innovative Technical Concepts for Load Unit
Exchange on the Design of Intermodal Freight Bundling Networks
Ekki Kreutzberger

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

11. Intermodal Freight Network Modelling
Florian Schwarz

PART III: IMPLEMENTATION AND POLICY
12. Critical Success Factors: Interconnectivity and Interoperability
Bryan Stone

13. Interorganizational Coordination: The Role of Information Technology
Mariëlle den Hengst

14. Development Strategies for Intermodal Transport in Europe
Dimitrios Tsamboulas

15. The Role of Government in Fostering Intermodal Transport
Innovations: Perceived Lessons and Obstacles in the United States
José Holguín-Veras, Robert Paaswell and Anthony Perl

Index