Intermodal Freight Transportation

Intermodal Freight Transportation

1st Edition - August 16, 2019

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  • Authors: Vasco Reis, Rosario Macario
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128144657
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128144640

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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. The book covers transport modes, agents, supply and demand patterns, key drivers, trends influencing the freight transportation sector, the evolution of supply and logistics chains, and the impacts of technological advancements, such as autonomous vehicles and e-commerce. In addition, the book covers 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. Readers will find a variety of new tools for analyzing and building effective transport chains that addresses component technology, information, responsibility, and financing dimension, along with sections on key organizational, regulatory, infrastructure and technological barriers. The book concludes with a look into the future of the freight transport sector.

Key Features

  • Presents a step-by-step approach that introduces key topics for understanding efficient intermodal transportation
  • Focuses on the concept of fitness between the modes of transport profiles
  • Contains numerous, real-world case studies 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 254
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: August 16, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128144657
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128144640

About the Authors

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

Rosario Macario

Rosário Macário is Professor and Researcher of Transportation at the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georresources at Instituto Superior Técnico Universidade de Lisboa, and Professor of Transport and Regional Economics at University of Antwerp. Her transport research covers all transport modes and focuses on business and systems development, mobility planning and management, regulation, policy development, and financing. She is the author and editor of several books and Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s journal “Case studies for Transport Policy.”

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Transportation, Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources, Instituto Superior Tecnico Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal; Professor of Transport and Regional Economics, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

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