Analysis of the Belgian/regional intermodal policy : the battle between rail and inland waterways

C. Macharis, E. Pekin


This paper describes a geographic information system-based location analysis model, developed to analyze the characteristics of the Belgian intermodal terminal landscape. Deriving from the location analysis model for the inland waterways terminals (Macharis, 2000 and Macharis, 2004), the model is extended to include the railway network. Based on the transportation costs, the model compares intermodal transport with unimodal road transport. After visualizing the current intermodal terminal landscape, the model handles various scenarios, such as the introduction of new terminals and the effect of subsidies.


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