Skip to main content
European Commission logo

Clear, Operable and Comparable Key Performance Indicators for Intermodal Transportation

Austria icon
Complete with results
Geo-spatial type
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Transport mode
Multimodal icon
Transport sectors
Freight transport


Background & Policy context

Modern goods traffic allows for a variety of potential alternatives in transportation of goods by road and rail, by water and by air. Innovative solutions for intermodal supply chains often fail because of their lack of transparency and prevailing complexity. Parties involved seriously consider alternatives in transportation due to company routines and poor communication of the specific advantages of alternative transportation modes. In practice, performance indicators are defined from the point of view of specific means of transportation, resulting in a vast number of taxonomies for all entities involved. The transportation sector suffers from the diversity of conventions which leads to virtually no comparability of the performance of different means of transportation. The unequal proportion of transportation modes in overall transportation, constant growth of traffic volume and lacking transparency tackle politics and logistics and represent future challenges.


The aim of the project COCKPIIT is to develop an intelligent and integrated performance indicator concept that preserves all the interests of both, shippers and service providers in intermodal transport. The findings of the study will have a lasting long-term effect on the deflection of goods traffic and enable a better comparability of transportation mode performance.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)
Funding Source
Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)


Performance indicators provide information on effectiveness and assist decision makers to make well-informed decisions. Therefore, it is necessary to implement an integrated concept that allows for a comparison of the performance of all means of transportation. The results of this project are understood as preliminary work for creating a standard measurement system, spanning all means of transportation that allows integrative comparability of the performance of different means of transportation. As a result, it is possible for all parties to have a detailed overview of the performance and specific benefit of particular modes of transportation. Equal comparison and a detailed overview of all modes of transportation add to strengthening alternative modes of transportation and effective and sustainable utilization of existing routes.

The focus of the project was on developing a set of interoperable und intermodal performance indicators to strengthen transparency in documentation and identification of transportation performance. The results of this study can substantially contribute to detect potentials in the deflection of traffic. The aim of this study is to eliminate redundancy in the connection of destinations by effective utilization of means of transportation. Effective utilization of existing potentials of particular means of transportation are an essential pre-requisite for an equilibrium between intermodal transportation modes.

Findings of the study are published in a final report which is available online via the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) at:


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


Contribute! Submit your project

Do you wish to submit a project or a programme? Head over to the Contribute page, login and follow the process!