Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) reduce congestion and increase safety and efficiency on our streets, highways, railroads, and airways, in an attempt to create an intermodal system which facilitates passenger cargo transfer. Considerable research has been and will be conducted in these areas. However, ITS applications concerning intermodal freight operations have not been explored as rigorously. When speaking of freight operations, intermodalism refers to the complex interactions of surface transportation and water and rail modes to move goods, both domestically and internationally. The economic value of moving goods via water transportation has been demonstrated and proven in many industries. ITS technologies can increase this economic value by improving the productivity and safety of intermodal freight operations. The global trade demands of the intermodal freight transport industry are growing at unprecedented rates and the available land on which infrastructure improvements can be built is dwindling. Operations must become more efficient if these increased demands are to be met. Cost savings and competitive advantages must be realized quickly if these often-expensive upgrades are to be implemented. Therefore, research must be conducted to evaluate these individual systems and their compatibility and coordination with each other and existing management systems, before large implementation investments are made. This paper attempts to evaluate these ITS-related systems and their applicability to intermodal freight operations by way of an in-depth examination of their effects on intermodal port operations around the world.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 131-134
  • Monograph Title: CROSSROADS 2000 PROCEEDINGS

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  • Accession Number: 00770481
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 096523102X
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 14 1999 12:00AM