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Title: Freight transport demand in the mechanics’ sector of Friuli Venezia Giulia: the choice between intermodal and road transport
Authors: Zotti, Jacopo
Danielis, Romeo
Keywords: Discrete choice modelsFreight transport attributesCut-offs
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
ISTIEE Istituto per lo studio dei trasporti nell’integrazione economica europea
Source: Jacopo Zotti and Romeo Danielis, "Freight transport demand in the mechanics’ sector of Friuli Venezia Giulia: the choice between intermodal and road transport", in: European Transport / Trasporti Europei, VIII (2003/2004) 25-26, pp. 9-20
Series/Report no.: European Transport / Trasporti Europei
VIII (2003/2004) 25-26
During recent years, freight transport has been experiencing an enormous growth, affecting in
particular the road transport. In Italy as well as in most developed countries, this has called for
appropriate policies aimed at a modal switch. A notable role in this context could be played by intermodal
transport. This paper supplies a new transport attributes’ evaluation, estimating the possibility that firms
rely on intermodal transport rather than on road transport. Consistently, the transport mode is threaded as
a choice attribute. Differently from other studies (see for example Matear and Gray, 1993 and Lu, 2000),
the modelling framework introduces attribute cut-offs (Swait, 2001), in order to account for a two-stage
decision process. The dataset used for this study is the result of 30 interviews, which have been realised in
the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Results show that the transport mode does not represent a
discriminatory choice variable, while attributes related to the quality level of the service (e.g. damages
and losses) are as important as cost attributes.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-3997
Appears in Collections:European Transport / Trasporti Europei (2004) 25-26/VIII

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