Computation of a Perception Index in Intermodal Transport



Computation of a Perception Index in Intermodal Transport

Authors

LOBE P, STRATEC, Belgium

Description

The share of intermodal transport is still insignificant compared to traditional unimodal read transportation. The main reasons invoked by users relate to price competitiveness, flexibility/reliability and the cost of investment.

Abstract

The share of intermodal transport is still insignificant compared to traditional unimodal read transportation. The main reasons invoked by users relate to price competitiveness, flexibility/reliability and the cost of investment.

Tomorrow's intermodal offering can be an answer to increasing read congestion and its social/environmental consequences and may be a significant contributor to enhance European industries competitiveness by providing additional values to European supply chains.

STRATEC has been commissioned by the European Commission in collaboration with PriceWaterhouseCoopers to design the perception index characterised as the European quantitative index which enables to measure and monitor intermodal competitiveness versus full read transport. The perception index is intending to assist :

* logistic services suppliers in their long term decisions and investments in inter modality development

* policy makers in assessing the likely impact of intermodality promoting policies

The perception index has been defined based on the construction of a quantitative utility function of shippers of intermodality:

* using the Stated Preferences methodology

* based on a sample of shippers, representative of main types of supply chains

* measuring their propensity to use intermodal transport, given well defined alternatives

* facing modal choice along a couple of representative corridor, where several intermodal alternatives are available

The methodology has been applied to compute a perception index software prototype based on five geographical corridors, four industrial sectors and three intermodal alternative modes to read.

Publisher

Association for European Transport