Special Issue "Sustainable Planning, Management and Economics in Transport"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Dimitriou
Guest Editor
Department of economics, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Interests: infrastructure sustainable planning, transportation management, transport economics, quantitative methods, risk assessment, investment appraisal

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The mobility of societies and the economic growth of regions have been linked to the availability of means of transport and to their combination and coordination. Especially during the last few decades, the continuing trend of market globalization, technological modernization, and regions’ urbanization has led either to the consolidation of routes or to the expansion of corridors, both on an intercontinental and international scope and on a national, regional, and local scale. It is noteworthy that the decisions on new routes or rerouting are often too complicated, coinciding with a strong impetus for any change provided by the onset of the industrial era. Therefore, while the phenomenon of intermodality played an increasingly prominent role in transport activities, each mode reached higher levels of speed, flexibility, and technical efficiency, in stark contrast to the inertias that had existed in the characteristic transport system of the pre-industrial era.

Transport plays a crucial role in economic and social development, and its contribution goes beyond what is normally captured in traditional cost–benefit analyses. The future of transport in the last century depended on efficient and easy intermodal mobility to improve regional accessibility by providing connectivity. The European Commission recognizes this, and its transport policy focuses on the intermodal transport, which is seen as a sustainable mobility solution, environmentally friendly and efficient in terms of resources and overall cost. This essentially impacts the funding of new transportation infrastructures that could have large long-term economic, social, and environmental impacts.

The main objectives of this Special Issue address the innovation in strategic planning, business development, and economic contribution specifically related to transport and supply chain. The focus is on the sustainable development applicability and compatibility and the advantages of developing intermodal transport and supporting investments for new infrastructure projects. Special attention is given to decision making for new investments and project financing in infrastructures to promote sustainability and business resilience. The discussion agenda includes analysis of the implications on the quality and cost of the supply chain.

Consequently, the key topics of the conference cover the following areas:

  • Modeling and tools in transportation planning and management
  • Competition, cooperation, groups/associations/alliances
  • Government involvement and public consultation
  • Corporate strategy, management, and performance
  • Infrastructure added value, and wider economic effects
  • Best practices in intelligent transportation
  • Interactions between transportation and tourism, trade and energy
  • Mobility as a service and transport system governance
  • Decision support methodologies and systems
  • Innovation in planning, management and economics in transport

It is highlighted that we invite researchers and professionals to submit case studies, best practices, and notable applications in transport sustainable development and its aspects in:

  • Environment protection and sustainable development
  • Infrastructure investment economic footprint
  • Impact on the business eco-system and regional development
  • Transport economics and management performance evaluation
  • Operational research and data use intelligence

The Special Issue accepts both regular papers and papers from the "2nd International Conference: “Intermodal Transports: Innovations in Planning, Management, Business Development & Decision Making" that will be held on 12–13 March 2020, at Alexandroupolis, Greece, organized by the Department of Economics, Democritus University of Thrace.

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Dimitriou
Guest Editor

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  • Transport sustainable development
  • Environmental assessment in transportation
  • Emission trading and energy consumption control
  • Carbon neutrality and accreditation
  • Supply chain business resilience
  • Performance Management and evaluation
  • Transport economics and pricing
  • Large infrastructure projects appraisal
  • Trade and traffic flow operational research
  • Socioeconomic effects of transport
  • Business ecosystem risks

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Analysis of Rock Raw Materials Transport and its Implications for Regional Development and Planning. Case Study of Lower Silesia (Poland)
Sustainability 2020, 12(8), 3165; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083165 - 14 Apr 2020
The movement of rock raw materials from source to demand areas is carried out predominately with road and railway transport. The latter is less damaging to infrastructure, the environment and society and is cheaper for longer distances, but it is also less flexible [...] Read more.
The movement of rock raw materials from source to demand areas is carried out predominately with road and railway transport. The latter is less damaging to infrastructure, the environment and society and is cheaper for longer distances, but it is also less flexible and not widely used. The Lower Silesia region in southwestern Poland is an important producer of rock raw materials and the principal provider of igneous and metamorphic dimension stones and crushed rocks in the country. A multicriteria scoring scheme has been developed and applied to identify mines presently using road transport, that are predisposed to switch to or include a railway form of transport. Four criteria have been proposed, C1—distance to railway loading point, C2—annual production of rock raw material, C3—economic reserves, and C4—type of rock raw material. The scoring scheme (classification) was developed based on the results of descriptive statistics for mines presently using railway or combined road and railway forms of transport. Two scenarios were analyzed, one with equal weights (0.25) and the other with higher significance of C1 = 0.40 and C2 = 0.30, and lower significance of C3 = 0.20 and C4 = 0.10. In the result, 24 mines were identified and ranked in terms of their potential to introduce railway transport. The proposed methodology can be used universally for other regions and countries, and the results will be included in drawing up regional spatial development policies. Full article
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