Measures available to local authorities to support sustainable modal shift strategies
Paper in proceedings, 2013

Intermodal road-rail transport (IRRT) has a significant urban dimension, which affects the modal shift potential and the environmental benefits of rail freight. Policy planning must therefore consider the interactions of urban freight and IRRT instead of handling them as separate policy concerns. This paper aims to identify solutions applicable by local authorities to increase the modal shift and environmental improvement potential of IRRT. The results indicate how local authorities can integrate rail freight in their long-term development plans, and by this create new possibilities for rail freight that are needed to in order to achieve a sustainable freight transport system in the face of ever-increasing road transport volumes.

intermodal transport


local authorities

urban transport

modal shift

transport planning


Sönke Behrends

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Logistics & Transportation

Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on City Logistics


Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance


Building Futures (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

Transport Systems and Logistics

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