The integrated approach to devising strategy for the development transport infrastructure and service delivery is motivated by the view that transport— especially of a freighted good—is firmly integrated within the value proposition of the good; the contemporary supply chains and those of the future render them inseparable from any other production input. The perspective taken in this approach is that it is modern transport practices that create and shape the market for many goods in today’s globalised and integrated world. Consequently, this integrated approach to transport planning advocates considerations that go beyond ensuring the availability of a variety of transport modes and beyond accommodating easy intermodal transfers of passengers and freight, though these are important in their own right.
Instead, the integrated philosophy is about more than the simpler choices over intermodal transport that it is sometimes confused with. Choices within each transport mode—intra-modal or trans-modal choices—are also brought to the forefront of the planning exercise. The argument over the allocation of funds to road and rail is not limited to road and rail, but also includes deliberation on the minute detail of freight and passenger rail transport, to the economics of commercial and passenger vehicles on the roads, to the resource cost of freight transported including via dedicated tractor-trailers versus generic bulk cargo trucks, to desired substitution from these modes to air and marine shipping, and to how all of these fit together. In short, the integrated approach to transport strategy considers the universe of transport modes, and in setting out choices between the modes, also considers choices to be made within the modes, choices over the complementarity of modes and efficiency of processes and procedures.
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