The p-hub Model with Hub-catchment Areas, Existing Hubs, and Simulation: A Case Study of Serbian Intermodal Terminals

Milorad Vidovic, S. Zecevic, M. Kilibarda, Jelena Vlajic, Nenad Bjelic, S. Tadic

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Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of optimally locating intermodal freight terminals in Serbia. To solve this problem and determine the effects of the resulting scenarios, two modeling approaches were combined. The first approach is based on multiple-assignment hub-network design, and the second is based on simulation. The multiple-assignment p-hub network location model was used to determine the optimal location of intermodal terminals. Simulation was used as a tool to estimate intermodal transport flow volumes, due to the unreliability and unavailability of specific statistical data, and as a method for quantitatively analyzing the economic, time, and environmental effects of different scenarios of intermodal terminal development. The results presented here represent a summary, with some extension, of the research realized in the IMOD-X project (Intermodal Solutions for Competitive Transport in Serbia).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-314
Number of pages19
JournalNetworks and Spatial Economics
Volume11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Intermodal freight terminals location
  • p-hub location model
  • Simulation
  • Case study
  • The multiple-assignment p-hub network location model
  • Optimal location

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