Why short-haul intermodal rail services succeed

The shipping container has revolutionised freight transport over the last half-century but its success is bringing challenges, not least in landside container movements. Port-induced road traffic congestion impacts on port arteries and communities and undermines port efficiency. Policymakers and planners seek to shift activities from roads to rail. This is a challenge, however, because most of the containers move over short distances, where trains are relatively uncompetitive. Despite that, there are instances where port–hinterland rail services exist. This report analyses the underlying necessary conditions that need to prevail for those rail services to be sustainable.

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    • INFRA 2776
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    Australia. Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)

    GPO Box 501, Canberra, ACT, Australia 2601
    Canberra, ACT   

    Australia. Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)

  • Publication Date: 2016-3


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  • Pagination: 258p
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    • Issue Number: 139

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  • Accession Number: 01596429
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9781925401158
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 20 2016 2:37PM