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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 Science, Traffic and Logistics.
2009 (English)In: 16th ITS World Congress, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) , 2009Conference paper (Refereed)Text
Abstract [en]

Intermodal transport is appealing because a certain transport mode is used where its strengths are best utilised, e.g. truck transport to the customers door and train transport on the long haul. Why intermodal transport is used to a limited extent have been studied extensively. Measurable factors as transport times, vehicle utilization, and high initial costs are sometimes not in favour of intermodal transport compared to all-road transport. Further, more intangible factors 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 organisations and processes.

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Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) , 2009.
Keyword [en]
Improvement measures, Intermodal transport, Transport chains, Weak areas, Chains, Intelligent systems, Intermodal transportation, Traffic control, Transportation, Truck transportation, Improvement measure, Intangible factors, Service frequency, Strategic level, Systems approach, Vehicle utilization, Intelligent vehicle highway systems
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Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187606ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84954494995OAI: diva2:932734
16th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, ITS 2009, 21 September 2009 through 25 September 2009

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