The growth in container transport volumes, the increase in the size of ships and the concentration of flows through a limited number of port hubs require higher capacity on hinterland connections. Road transport now accounts for most of the connections between ports and hinterland areas in Europe, resulting in port congestion associated with delays, waiting lines and increased permanence of ships and cargo in the port. This translates into additional costs and a negative environmental impact. In most cases, the development of rail transport becomes part of the solution to this problem. The current study contributes to the development of the strategy of the Port of Valencia in order to increase the rail modal share for import/export cargo through the definition and feasibility analysis of an innovative Just-In-Time (JIT) Rail Shuttle service for a key port-hinterland corridor in Spain connecting Valencia with Zaragoza. The proposed solution aims to directly unload the containers from the ship and load them onto trains, in order to minimize the movement of containers at the terminal and to operate as an “air bridge” at the airports, so that the shuttle makes round trips within one day and the containers are loaded on the first available JIT rail service. In order to minimize the cost per unit transported the feasibility study includes designing the operational solution, service characteristics, the requirements of the information system and the definition of the business models needed for its implementation.
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DOIS: 10.5281/zenodo.4071996 10.5281/zenodo.4071997
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