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Locating combined road-railway transport terminals: an application for facility location and optimal location models


The paper focuses on the analysis of the

intermodal freight terminals location according to the potential

transport demand as well as the distribution network

structure. In this context, the main methodologies

and models dealing with the facilities location problem

are presented. In particular, the Weber model, the market

areas theory and the facility location model allow to evaluate

the best location according to potential demand;

moreover, the optimal location model allows to design a

hub and spoke network, dedicated to the combined transport,

reaching important economies of scale. Finally, an

application of both the facility location and optimal location

models, related to the Italian intermodal freight terminals

included in the influence area of the TEN-T network

Corridor V, is carried out.

  • Luglio
Num. 8
Pag. 625