Intermodality and Synchromodality

15 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2015

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Lorant A. Tavasszy

Delft University of Technology

Behzad Behdani

Wageningen UR

Rob Konings

Delft University of Technology

Date Written: April 10, 2015

Abstract

Transport networks have evolved from multimodal networks towards integrated networks allowing for intermodal transport – the carriage of a single load unit by consecutive modes in a transport chain. Synchromodality (or synchronized intermodality) – as the next stage in port/hinterland network development – can be briefly summarized as the vision of a network of well-synchronized and interconnected transport modes, which together cater for the aggregate transport demand and can dynamically adapt to the individual and instantaneous needs of network users. The objective of the chapter is to introduce the idea of Synchromodality. We discuss the current position and evolution of intermodal hinterland transport systems. Next, we describe the main elements of a synchronized intermodal transport system and the innovations that are necessary to arrive at synchromodal transport systems. We further describe the barriers for future development including technological, economical and institutional aspects.

Keywords: Synchromodality, intermodality, multi-modal transport, Hinterland freight transport

Suggested Citation

Tavasszy, Lorant A. and Behdani, Behzad and Konings, Rob, Intermodality and Synchromodality (April 10, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2592888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2592888

Lorant A. Tavasszy

Delft University of Technology ( email )

Stevinweg 1
Stevinweg 1
Delft, 2628 CN
Netherlands

Behzad Behdani (Contact Author)

Wageningen UR ( email )

Hollandseweg 1
Wageningen, 6706KN
Netherlands

Rob Konings

Delft University of Technology ( email )

Stevinweg 1
Stevinweg 1
Delft, 2628 CN
Netherlands

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