SEARCH WITHIN CONTENT
Antonio COMI / Agostino NUZZOLO
Citation Information : Transport Problems. Volume 10, Issue 4, Pages 75-91, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/tp-2015-049
License : (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Published Online: 21-April-2017
This paper explores the new research challenges for forecasting urban goods demand by rail. In fact, the growing interest to find urban logistics solutions for improving city sustainability and liveability, mainly due to the reduction of urban road accessibility and environmental constraints, has pushed to explore solutions alternative to the road. Multimodal urban logistics, based on the use of railway, seem an interesting alternative solution, but it remained mainly at conceptual level. Few studies have explored the factors, that push actors to find competitive such a system with respect to the road, and modelling framework for forecasting the relative demand. Therefore, paper reviews the current literature, investigates the factors involved in choosing such a mode, and finally, recalls a recent modelling framework and hence proposes some advancements that allow to point out the rail transport alternative.