New Concepts for City Logistics

The continuing urbanization, the still increasing cargo distribution volumes towards the city centers and the spectacular growth in road transportation are deteriorating the traffic situation in large cities, and so a heavy threat for fast, predictable and cost-effective city logistics. Now is the time to develop new standardized logistic concepts, including use of all available modes of transport. Standardized city boxes, vehicles, handling equipment and city access rules will support the interchangeability within logistic networks and will encourage the implementation of new concepts for city logistics offering a better service for equal or even lower costs. Shuttle concepts for road-bound distribution will result in better vehicle utilization, less environmental impact and better quality of life. Furthermore, rail-bound systems for the combined transport of passengers and freight have a large potential for regional and city-bound cargo distribution. For areas with a suitable waterways network, barge transportation can be used both for long-haul and bi-modal (barge-truck) city logistics. Partnerships between transportation companies, retailers, logistic providers and local/regional authorities will be required to introduce new logistic concepts. These will be necessary to maintain efficient city logistics and to improve the quality of life in the cities.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: First
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 349-363
  • Monograph Title: Logistics Systems for Sustainable Cities

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01002718
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080442609
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2005 9:47PM