Welcome to the July issue of the bi-monthly TRIMIS Digest. The Digest features a selection of short articles discussing the benefits and challenges of smart mobility across a range of transport modes.
Can multimodal transport change travel behaviour?
The extent to which multimodal forms of transport are associated with people’s intention to change travel behaviour and increase the use of cycling, walking and the train was examined in this study. It showed that the more multimodal-minded individuals were, the more likely they were to decrease their car use. However, most associations between multimodality and intention to change mode were not significant.
It can be difficult to determine the extent to which transport investments are multimodal. To meet this challenge, this study outlines a taxonomy for classifying multimodality and proposes an indicator that can assist in evaluating the multimodal potential of proposed urban transport investments.
A study examined the development of digital innovation to improve connectivity and visibility of maritime supply chains in northwestern Europe. It identified stakeholder collaboration, stakeholder’s approach to change, technology and the role of the public sector as key factors to stimulating innovation in the maritime sector.
Using road-rail intermodal freight transport to reduce GHG emissions
A complete transition to transporting all freight by rail is not feasible for many companies worldwide. This study assesses the potential of road-rail intermodal operations as a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It was found that intermodal road-rail operations could reduce emissions by 77%, be 43% more fuel efficient and 80% cheaper than transporting freight only by road.
The contents and views included in the TRIMIS Digest do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Commission. Please note that each article is a summary of only one study. Other studies on the same topic may come to other conclusions.