Title: Evaluating modal shift policies for inland container transport in Korea: a GIS-based approach

Authors: Hyunwoo Lim; Sangrin Lee

Addresses: Graduate School of Logistics, Inha University, 100 Inha-Ro, Nam-Gu, Incheon, 402-751, Korea ' Graduate School of Logistics, Inha University, 100 Inha-Ro, Nam-Gu, Incheon, 402-751, Korea

Abstract: Intermodal freight transport has recently gained much attention from researchers as well as policy makers for its environmental sustainability in terms of low energy use and low emissions per ton-kilometre basis compared to truck only transport. This paper presents a framework to develop an intermodal freight transport network based on geographic information system (GIS) for evaluating the effectiveness of potential policies on improving the modal share of rail container transport in South Korea. Modal shift policies evaluated in this paper are nationwide rail subsidy provision, reduction in transhipment time between roads and rail lines, and construction of a new rail facility at Busan Newport. The GIS model allows the analysis of modal competition and congestion effects in the networks due to spatial variation in demand, transport costs, and infrastructure constraints.

Keywords: intermodal container transport; modal shift policies; network flow; geographic information system; GIS; Korea; inland container transport; intermodal freight transport; intermodal transport; environmental sustainability; sustainable development; rail container transport; railways; rail transport; rail subsidies; transhipment time; new rail facilities; modal competition; congestion effects; spatial demand variation; transport costs; infrastructure constraints.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2013.056849

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2013 Vol.5 No.6, pp.605 - 621

Available online: 10 Sep 2013 *

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