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Measures to make intermodal transport smarter from a transport chain perspective
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport and Economics (closed 20110301), Traffic and Logistics (closed 20110301). KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, The KTH Railway Group.
2009 (English)In: World Congress for ITS Stockholm, 2009, 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Intermodal transport is appealing because a certain transport mode is used where its strengths are best utilized, e.g. truck transport to the customers door, and train transport on the long haul. Why intermodal transport is used to a limited extent has been studied extensively. Measurable factors such as transport times, vehicle utilization, and high initial costs are sometimes not in favor of intermodal transport as compared to all-road transport. Further, more intangible factors such as negative attitudes, high complexity and low flexibility is working against an expansion of intermodal transport. It is therefore of interest to know what can be done to overcome such limiting factors. The purpose of this paper is to identify weak areas in intermodal transport from a transport chain perspective and possible measures for intermodal transport to improve in these areas. The identification of weak areas is based on knowledge in literature as well as from an ongoing research project. The areas are identified from a systems approach with focus on the operative perspective but reach up to the strategic level. Transport time, service frequency and punctuality were found to be weak areas. Several measures are identified. Application of some of these measures requires major investments while other requires reengineering of organizations and processes.

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Keyword [en]
Freight traffic; Freight transportation; Intermodal transportation; Mode choice; Strategic planning; Supply chain management; Trucking
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Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-89489OAI: diva2:503054
16th ITS World Congress and Exhibition on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services. Stockholm , Sweden. 2009-9-21 to 2009-9-25
QC 20120427Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-04-27Bibliographically approved

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