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Intermodal Terminal Planning under Decentralized Management: Optimization Model for Rail-Road Terminals and Application to Portugal

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Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Matemáticas, Campus Gustavo Galindo, ESPOL Polytechnic University, Km. 30.5 Via Perimetral, Guayaquil 09-01-5863, Ecuador
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Center for Management Studies, IST, University of Lisbon, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
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CITTA, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Coimbra, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal
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Future Transp. 2021, 1(3), 533-558; https://doi.org/10.3390/futuretransp1030028
Received: 22 July 2021 / Revised: 6 September 2021 / Accepted: 22 September 2021 / Published: 7 October 2021
Terminals are key components of intermodal transport networks, as they are the facilities where freight is transferred between transport modes. The efficiency of such facilities crucially depends on their locations (and sizes), which are typically chosen considering two levels of analysis: local/urban and regional/country. Our focus in this presentation is the regional/country level. At this level, the problems involved in the locational (and sizing) decisions at stake are a particular variety of hub locations problems—a class of problems that has been widely studied through optimization approaches. However, they typically assume that decisions are made in a centralized management context: decision-makers not only choose the locations of intermodal terminals (or hubs), but also fully control their utilization (i.e., which terminal each user will patronize). This signifies that such approaches are not applicable when users–potentially, any companies that move freight–behave according to their own individual interests; that is, they are not applicable in a decentralized management context. In this presentation, we describe an ongoing study where (regional) intermodal terminal location problems are dealt with in this type of context considering terminals of different types and respective capacity and operation ranges. In particular, we present the complex optimization model we have developed to handle such problems, and the (sometimes counterintuitive) results it led to when applied to a case study inspired by the Portuguese reality. View Full-Text
Keywords: intermodal terminal networks; rail-road terminals; freight transport; optimization models; hub location models; decentralized management intermodal terminal networks; rail-road terminals; freight transport; optimization models; hub location models; decentralized management
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Delgado, E.J.; Barbosa-Póvoa, A.P.; Antunes, A.P. Intermodal Terminal Planning under Decentralized Management: Optimization Model for Rail-Road Terminals and Application to Portugal. Future Transp. 2021, 1, 533-558. https://doi.org/10.3390/futuretransp1030028

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Delgado EJ, Barbosa-Póvoa AP, Antunes AP. Intermodal Terminal Planning under Decentralized Management: Optimization Model for Rail-Road Terminals and Application to Portugal. Future Transportation. 2021; 1(3):533-558. https://doi.org/10.3390/futuretransp1030028

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Delgado, Erwin J., Ana P. Barbosa-Póvoa, and António P. Antunes 2021. "Intermodal Terminal Planning under Decentralized Management: Optimization Model for Rail-Road Terminals and Application to Portugal" Future Transportation 1, no. 3: 533-558. https://doi.org/10.3390/futuretransp1030028

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