According to the “Green Paper on Urban Mobility”, a strong inter-modal and inter-sectorial passenger and freight integration could improve the overall efficiency of transport. The operational organization of an integrated passenger/freight system may contribute to this single logistics system. The idea of bridging freight and passenger transport is not new, since first academic discussions date back to more than a decade ago. Nowadays, this scheme is partially adopted for specific transport solutions, such as air, ferry and long-distance rail transport. However, it is less common in urban rail and road transport, as well as in non-urban areas. In these contexts, several technical and policy-related issues make this integration difficult and its application in real cases limited.
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