Backcasting for modal shift - Significance of local perspectives on intermodal transport for sustainable freight transport strategies
Paper in proceedings, 2009
Purpose of this paper:
To identify the requirements of a competitive and sustainable intermodal transport system, taking all stakeholders into account, and to outline elements of a holistic strategy toward modal shift.
This article follows the backcasting approach and takes the form of desk research and conceptual work complemented by workshops within the FastRCargo project.
If the policy goal of modal shift is to be achieved, intermodal transport needs to go beyond the current approach of a concentrated network of large-scale terminals. The implementation of a dense network of small-scale terminals can contribute to both global and local sustainability as well as to the competitiveness of regions. Local authorities can play a key role in resolving long-term implementation barriers by facilitating the formation of regional actor networks.
This paper is a conceptual study from a transport systems perspective and is based on a literature review on previous research. A case study on implementing a small-scale terminal could reveal implementation barriers and drivers from an actor’s perspective and provide further insights for the development of strategies toward modal shift.
Intermodal freight transport has a significant local dimension. Local authorities therefore need better freight transport planning capabilities and logistics competence.
What is original/value of paper:
The paper follows a backcasting approach and therefore goes beyond solutions that are considered “realistic” today. In this way, the paper identifies “new” elements for a long-term strategy toward modal shift.
urban freight transport
freight transport planning