Advanced Transport Systems: Operations and Economics

  • Milan JanićEmail author


This chapter describes advanced freight collection/distribution networks, road mega trucks, LIFTs (Long Intermodal Freight Train(s)) as components of the advanced freight/goods system in Europe, and large commercial freight aircraft. Advanced freight collection/distribution networks can be operated by a single or few different (integrated) transport modes moving freight/goods consolidated into loading units such as pallets, containers, swap-bodies, and/or semi-trailers between the doors of particular shippers and receivers. When these networks are operated exclusively by road, standard or mega trucks are exclusively used. The road mega truck is the largest, i.e., the longest and heaviest, commercial freight vehicle proposed to carry fright/good shipments throughout the EU (European Union) countries. As such, it is longer and heavier that its current largest counterpart—the standard truck with a length of 18.75 m and a weight of 40–44 tons. The LIFTs have been launched in Europe aiming at increasing competitiveness of the rail freight to road truck services and consequently influence modal shift. The large commercial freight aircraft have been considered to operate in the global air long-haul freight/cargo transport network


External Cost Freight Transport Transport Unit Road Haulage Service Frequency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Transport and Planning DepartmentFaculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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