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Traffic in Intermodal Logistic Hubs - shedding light on the blind spot

Ehrler, Verena and Wolfermann, Axel (2012) Traffic in Intermodal Logistic Hubs - shedding light on the blind spot. In: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2288 / 2012, pp. 1-8. Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Transport Research Board 2012, 13. - 17. Januar 2013, Washington, USA. ISSN 0361-1981 (Print).

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/2288-01 DOI 10.3141/2288-01


Intermodal Logistic Hubs attract significant amounts of different kinds of traffic. Trucks deliver and pick up goods, containers have to be moved, service vehicles, heavy vehicles, and sometimes public roads cross the site. The “organic growth” of these facilities and the multitude of involved parties frequently result in inefficient and insufficient traffic infrastructure, unnecessary negative environmental impacts, and high costs for stakeholders. To optimize infrastructure and operation of these hubs the requirements of the different stakeholders, service times at facilities, origins and destinations of vehicles, their routes and speeds, etc. have to be known – which they are often not. This article scrutinizes the mentioned issues and outlines the potential of shedding light on these issues for the example of the Port of Hamburg (Germany). In the focus is the methodology used to analyze the traffic in such an Intermodal Logistic Hub covering a land area of 43 km² and being entered and left by more than 120,000 vehicles every day. Expert and street side interviews, vehicle tracking, and screenline traffic counts have been combined to answer questions on bottlenecks, emission black spots, and viability of electric vehicles. This combination of traditional and modern survey techniques proved to provide a wealth of new information which allows for improved processes and procedures leading to increased turnover of goods with a given infrastructure and with less negative impacts. The article is of particular interest for Intermodal Logistic Hubs in Europe with often organically grown structures, unlike U.S. hubs with their more restrictive access.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/74119/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Traffic in Intermodal Logistic Hubs - shedding light on the blind spot
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Date:6 November 2012
Journal or Publication Title:Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:2288 / 2012
Page Range:pp. 1-8
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Publisher:Transportation Research Board of the National Academies
ISSN:0361-1981 (Print)
Keywords:traffic, logistic
Event Title:Transport Research Board 2012
Event Location:Washington, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:13. - 17. Januar 2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - no assignment
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Commercial Transport
Deposited By: George, Michaela
Deposited On:18 Jan 2012 09:22
Last Modified:18 Mar 2013 16:55

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