Intermodal Freight Transportation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128144640

Intermodal Freight Transportation

1st Edition

Authors: Rosario Macario Vasco Reis
Paperback ISBN: 9780128144640
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st September 2018
Page Count: 224
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Intermodal Freight Transportation conceptualizes intermodal transport as a set of physical, logical, financial and contractual flows, examining the barriers that impact intermodal freight services and the resulting performance variables.

Intermodal Freight Transportation begins by discussing the overall freight transport market, covering transport modes, agents, as well as supply and demand patterns. It looks at the key drivers and trends influencing the freight transportation sector, analyzing the evolution of supply and logistics chains and the impacts of technological advancements such as autonomous vehicles and e-commerce.

The book looks at transport agents such as shippers, freight forwarders, integrators, and customs, as well as the demand for freight transport services and the key properties of goods. It examines key transport chains, comparing intermodal, multimodal, and combined transport concepts and architectures.

Intermodal Freight Transportation offers new tools for analyzing and building effective transport chains, depicting them as a set of component technology, information, responsibility, and financing dimension. It discusses the key organizational, regulatory, infrastructure, and technological barriers, focusing on measuring global performance and metrics. The book concludes with a look into the future of the freight transport sector.

Key Features

  • Step-by-step approach introduces key topics for understanding efficient intermodal transportation
  • Based on the concept of fitness between the modes of transport profiles
  • Numerous real-world cases throughout
  • Examines performance metrics


Freight transportation researchers; graduate students; practitioners; consultants; planners; and engineers

Table of Contents

  1. Forces Shaping the Freight Transport Sector
    2. Understanding the Freight Transport Sector
    3. Freight Transport Chains
    4. Barriers and Challenges to Freight Transport Chains
    5. Building Successful Freight Transport Chains
    6. Ways Forward


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About the Author

Rosario Macario

Rosário Macário is a Transportation Professor and Researcher at the University of Lisbon, as well as Vice President of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Engineering for Sustainability, Coordinator of the Center for Urban and Regional Systems, and Director of the Master in Transport Planning and Operations. She is Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Case Studies on Transport Policy, Chair of International Relations for the World Conference on Transportation Research Society, co-founder of the Panamerican Society for Research in Transportation, and Council Member of the European Association of Transport.

Affiliations and Expertise

Transportation Professor and Researcher, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Vasco Reis

Vasco Reis is Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon. He teaches Freight Transport and Logistics as well as Transport Planning and Operations. He is member of the Freight and Logistics Committee of the European Transport Conference, as well as member of Transport Research Board’s Intermodal Transfer Facilities Committee and Intermodal Freight Transport Committee. He is an Editorial Board Member of Elsevier’s Case Studies on Transport Policy and a reviewer for several Elsevier journals, including Transportation Research: Part A and Transportation Research: Part E.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Fellow and Lecturer, Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal

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