A cost-transit time choice model: monomodality vs. intermodality
A cost-transit time choice model: monomodality vs. intermodality. The Mediterranean and Italy are scenarios suited to consolidation of hub and spokes networks. The question is: are terrestrial spokes serious competitors of maritime spokes? This paper highlights the limits of the Italian rail system and favourably considers the development of short.sea-shipping. In this context, the final users point of view may be crucial. We therefore propose a "cost-transit time choice model" for choice of the best intermodality for the final user, considering the differences in unit costs, transit time, final users opportunity costs and the value of commodities transported in the container. The model is tested on several legs from the Gioa Tauro hub port to various Italian destinations. If suitably complicated, the model can be utilized for regulatory purposes.
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