International Journal of Transport Development and Integration (IJTDI) is an international, scholarly and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to providing scientists, engineers and technicians with the latest developments on all transportation modes and the general topic of transport systems, with particular emphasis on their integration and harmonisation. The continuous requirements for better transportation systems and the need for a healthier environment are topics covered by this Journal. The Journal addresses the areas of urban and road transportation, maritime and fluvial transport, rail and aviation, and topics related to logistics, optimisation and complex systems, amongst others. The growing need for integration is partly to respond to the many advances that are taking place in transportation and in order to achieve better uses of all systems, with the subsequent gains in energy efficiency. There is also the need for integration of transportation with telecommunications systems and IT in order to improve safety, security and efficiency. The Journal aims to report on advanced railways transport modes, including passenger, freight and transit systems. It welcomes contributions in the field of marine and fluvial transport, taking into consideration the substantial growth in marine shipping and cruise ships all over the world. Fluvial, canal and lake transportation are now becoming new areas of interest after a long period of decline. The Journal also covers papers resulting from the rapid growth in air freight and passenger transportation, together with the need to develop the required airport facilities. The site of new airports, in particular, involves taking into consideration environmental, ecological, social and economic factors. Transportation is one of the largest consumers of energy, particularly hydrocarbons, and has a considerable share of the economics of governments, industry and households. All major transportation links, including railway stations, airports, ports and freight terminals, can be powerful driving forces behind the development of a region and conversely they can result in major problems if they are wrongly sited and not properly integrated into the general transportation system of the area. As the world continues to develop towards a global economy, the importance of transportation grows and consequently the need to find new solutions. The variety of topics covered by the Journal reflects the complex interaction of transportation systems and the environment, and the need to establish integrated strategies. The aim is to arrive at optimal socio-economic solutions while reducing the negative environmental impact of current transportation systems.

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