Implementing a quattromodal freight hub: an approach for the city of Vienna

Karin Markvica, Matthias Prandtstetter, Jürgen Zajicek, Bernhard Heilmann, Gernot Lenz, Georg Hauger, Monika Wanjek, Claudia Berkowitsch, Sarah Pfoser, Oliver Schauer, Lisa-Maria Putz, Reinhold Schodl, Sandra Eitler

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Purpose In terms of freight transportation it is essential to pick the most convenient mode(s) of transport (MOT). To get a more flexible system, one can assume that the number of transport options at each hub should be maximized. Therefore, it is investigated how a new hub concept comprising four MOT, a so-called “quattromodal freight hub”, can be implemented in the existing transport system from a traffic planning, technological and organizational point of view. Methods The research incorporates screening existing literature and best practices, conducting stakeholder interviews as well as performing site visits at the best practice areas Hamburg (Germany) and Constanta (Romania). Furthermore, the implementation perspective for a quattromodal freight hub in the city of Vienna (Austria) is examined. Results The research revealed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the concept from a theoretical and practical perspective. Four options to create a quattromodal freight hub in the city of Vienna could be identified taking the effects on the overall transport system capacity, arising costs and the legal framework into account. Conclusions Cost and efficiency related decision criteria are decisive for the implementation of a quattromodal freight hub. An implementation in the city of Vienna is attractive in terms of prestige and unique selling proposition for the region but at the same time requires further research in terms of legal aspects and impacts on the region.
Original languageEnglish
Article number34
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalEuropean Transport Research Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


  • Freight logistics
  • Freight transportation
  • Hubs
  • Quattromodal freight hub
  • Quattromodality
  • Vienna region


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