A growing recognition of the strategic importance of inland waterways and rail transport for the further development of ports and regional sustainable development has increased the interest of politicians and companies in the possibilities of intermodal transport. Intermodal transport is the combination of at least two modes of transport in a single transport chain with the use of loading units (containers, swapbodies, etc.).
Several policy measures have been launched to stimulate this form of transport. However no formal assessment framework existed to analyse these policy measures. In this book the new developments in this sector are being described and special attention is given to evaluation models and policy measures in this field.
Three core models have been developed and/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). The combination of the three models creates a decision support system that allows simulating policy measures and foreseeing possible problems in the freight infrastructure network. The eff ectiveness and sustainability of policy measures in terms of modal shift, external costs and capacity restrictions can be analysed.
Prof. dr. Cathy Macharis teaches courses in operations and logistics management, as well as in transport and sustainable mobility at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her research group MOSI - Transport and logistics focuses on establishing linkages between advanced operations research methodologies and impact assessment. She has been involved in several national and European research projects dealing with topics such as the location of intermodal terminals, assessment of policy measures in the field of logistics and sustainable mobility, etc. Website: www.vub.ac.be/MOSI-T
Prof dr. Bart Jourquin teaches computer science, transport economics and transport modelling at the Louvain School of Management, FUCaM, Mons campus. He is the director of the Group Transport and Mobility (GTM, http://www.fucam.ac.be/gtm) at the same university. The GTM team has been working on freight transport related problems since the late 80’s in the framework of regional, national or European projects. He is also the chairman of the Benelux Interuniversity Association of Transport Economists (BIVEC-GIBET).
An Caris is a teaching assistant in operations research at Hasselt University. In addition she is preparing to acquire a doctoral degree in Applied Economic Sciences. She is a member of the Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) of Hasselt University. Her PhD research concerns the modelling of intermodal freight transport networks with a focus on inland navigation. Three planning problems in intermodal barge transport are analysed, with the objective to improve the effi ciency and attractiveness of intermodal freight transport. Website: www.imob.uhasselt.be
Ethem Pekin is a research associate at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a member of the research group MOSI - Transport and logistics. His main research interests are in intermodal freight transportation, location analysis and GIS applications. At present he is preparing a doctoral thesis in the fi eld of Applied Economics. His doctoral research will develop a location analysis model for intermodal terminals to assess policy measures. Website: www.vub.ac.be/MOSI-T