WIT Press


Global Land Transport System ComplexTrans And Its Contribution To City Sustainability

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SC160481

Volume

204

Pages

13

Page Range

571 - 583

Published

2016

Size

2,238 kb

Author(s)

J. Hofman

Abstract

Global door-to-door land transport system ComplexTrans is based on mutual adaptation of road and rail vehicles.

This transport concept offers a breakthrough solution for the effective transport of passengers and cargo across medium and long distances. In addition, it improves the road network throughput and, up to the travel distance of 1000–1500 km, makes a viable substitute for continental air transport.

However, the required compatibility between rail and road vehicles entails profound changes to be made to the dimensions and character of both passenger and cargo road vehicles. These changes, on the other hand, result in new features and opportunities which promote sustainable development of cities through the following outcomes:

- reduced need for parking space for passenger cars;

- lower density of urban traffic;

- utilization of adapted passenger cars as comfortable and high-capacity boost to public transit;

- rapid elimination of exhaust gases and

- stabilization of power supply networks that use renewable energy sources.

Keywords

road-rail, intermodal transport, improvement of city individual transport, public transport improvement, new solutions for parking, electrification of road transport, energy safety, support of renewable energy sources