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Establishing intermodal terminals

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This study examines the development process of intermodal road-rail freight terminals. Of particular interest are factors affecting the development process and the time needed to establish intermodal road-rail terminals. The results are intended not only to be interesting to researchers, but also of practical use to actors developing intermodal terminals. Based on rational choice theory and two Swedish case studies, Falkoping/Skaraborg and Nassjo/Jonkoping, factors identified and analysed are: profitability, financiers, political entrepreneur, location, large local shippers, and the traffic authorities. Profitability combined with an enthusiastic and committed political entrepreneur are the most vital factors for the success and pace of the development process.

Keywords: case study, containers, dryport, intermodal transportation, public-private collaboration, rational choice theory, road-rail freight terminals, intermodal terminals, entrepreneurship

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