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Rail and multi-modal transport

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Roberto Palacin


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This paper elaborates on the definitions of inter and multi-modal transport, as well as their differences in terms of performance. A survey of the barriers, both internal and external, to an efficient intermodal transport is included followed by an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of combining rail transport with the other transport modes. Transhipment technologies for efficient freight service and some examples of freight rail corridors between sea and inland terminals are presented. The integration between air and rail transport is discussed and the potential synergies between air and high-speed rail services are emphasised. The paper concludes with a discussion on energy use for sustainable rail performance.

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Author(s): Reis V, Meier F, Pace G, Palacin R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Research in Transportation Economics

Year: 2013

Volume: 41

Issue: 1

Pages: 17-30

Print publication date: 01/05/2013

ISSN (print): 0739-8859

ISSN (electronic): 1875-7979

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.retrec.2012.10.005


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