A Decision Support System for Intermodal Transport Policy

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Asp / Vubpress / Upa, 2008 - Business & Economics - 151 pages
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In this informative and well-researched account, the new developments in intermodal transport are discussed, and special attention is given to evaluation models and policy measures in this field. Describing the three core models that have been either developed or enhanced to create an overall assessment framework for intermodal transport policies in Belgium--a multimodal freight model (NODUS), a discrete event-simulation model of the inland waterway network and its terminals (SIMBA), and a Location Analysis Model for Belgian Intermodal Terminals (LAMBIT)--this record analyzes the effectiveness and sustainability of policy measures in terms of modal shift, external costs, and capacity restrictions associated with the freight infrastructure network.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
The external costs of intermodal transport compared to road transport
14
Conclusion
21
Intermodal transport policies
28
Research and development
35
Charging and pricing policies
43
MoDElIng In InTErMoDAl frEIghT TrAnSPorT
49
DSSITP framework
55
Recent software developments and methodological advances
81
Bibliography
87
Applications of the LAMBIT model
96
Conclusions
107
Analysis of container flows
114
Conclusions
126
Impact of subsidies
141
Conclusions
147

STrATEgIC frEIghT TrAnSPorT MoDElIng wITh noDuS
65
Some previous applications of NODUS
73

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C. Macharis is a professor of operations and logistics management and transport and sustainable mobility at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. E. Pekin is a research associate at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. A. Caris is a teaching assistant in operations research at Hasselt University and a member of its Transportation Research Institute. B. Jourquin is a professor of computer science, transport economics, and transport modeling at the Louvain School of Management. He is also the chairman of the Benelux Interuniversity Association of Transport Economists.

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