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EMOLITE - Evaluation model for the optimal location of intermodal terminals in Europe

The strategic objective of the project is to contribute to the development of modern European intermodal transportation networks by integrating all relevant supply and demand requirements of intermodal distribution and transhipment centres as well as passenger terminals. Supply-driven terminal requirements are controllable by the service provider while demand-driven terminal requirements cannot be influenced by terminal operators. The Evaluation Model for the Optimal Location of Intermodal Terminals in Europe (EMOLITE) proposed in this research project, allows an integrated evaluation of potential terminal locations according to general and terminal-specific criteria relevant to private and public decision makers, while simultaneously taking into consideration the dynamic and continuously changing transportation market. Therefore, EMOLITE could contribute to the strategic objective of improving the development of the European, regional and city networks for the transport of goods and passengers.


Technical Note:

The specific programme objective is to develop EMOLITE, a Decision Support System for the evaluation of the optimal location of intermodal terminals for freight and passenger transport in Europe. Given a discrete number of potential locations, EMOLITE allows decision makers as well as operational managers (transport network designers) to compare different potential locations using a very flexible and comprehensive computer simulation model. The EMOLITE-Decision Support System is accompanied by a comprehensive users manual to provide detailed insights in the technical aspects of EMOLITE and on the way to efficiently use the software package in strategic decision making.


{ Project Info }

Coordinated by: University of Antwerpen

Project Type: PI ( International basic research or R&D projects )

Funding Entity: European Union

CITI Funding Amount: 75 Keuro


Start Date: 1997-01-01 / Efective Start Date: 1997-01-01

End Date: 1998-11-30 / Efective End Date: 1998-11-30


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{ Partnerships }
  • Univeristy of Piraeus (Greece)
  • University of Antwerpen (Belgium)
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