Assessment Methods for Innovative Operational Measures and Technologies for Intermodal Freight Terminals

The topic of freight transport by rail, is a complex theme and, in recent years, a main issue of European policy. The legislation evolution and the White Paper 2011 have demonstrated the European intention to re-launch this sector. The challenge is to promote the intermodal transport system to the detriment of road freight transport. In this context, the intermodal freight terminals play a primary role for the supply chain; they are the connection point between the various transport nodes and the nodal points where the freight are handled, stored and transferred between different modes to final customer. To achieve the purpose, proposed by the European Commission (EC), the performance improvement of existing intermodal freight terminals and the development of innovative intermodal freight terminals are necessary. Many terminal performance improvements have been proposed and sometimes experimented. They are based both on operational measures (e.g. horizontal and parallel handling, faster and fully direct handling) and on innovative technologies (e.g. automatic system for horizontal and parallel handling, automated gate for data exchange) inside the terminals, with often-contradictory results. The research work described in this paper (developed within the EU project Capacity4Rail) focuses on the assessment of effects that these innovations can have in the intermodal freight terminals. The innovative operational measures and technologies have been combined in different scenarios, to be evaluated by a methodological approach including other analytical methods and simulation models. The output of this assessment method are key performance indicators (KPI) set up according to terminal typologies and related to different aspects (e.g. management, operation and organization). In the present work suitable KPIs (e.g. total/partial transit times) to evaluate have been applied. Finally, in addition to the methodological framework illustrated, a real case study is illustrated: the intermodal rail-road freight terminal Munich-Riem (Germany).


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  • Accession Number: 01607941
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 29 2016 8:33AM