public transport in latin america

Last month I have travelled to Rio de Janeiro for participating the World Conference on Transport Research | WCTR 2013. The conference was big and had some interesting sessions, especially when I have also presented my paper about the Twin Hub project. The cultural experience was also important for me as I was traveling to this part of the world for the first time.  I have actually extended my stay in the region. I normally like to stay in a city for long so I decided to limit my stay to Rio and Buenos Aires. Two major cities in two neighboring countries. In this blog post I would like to share my observations about the public transport in these two cities.

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ga ‘voort op het spoor’ en zet ‘vaart in je vracht’!

This is about the project I am working for some time. We have adapted our model LAMBIT to a web-based tool for the Flemish Brabant region. In very short, the tool will enable small-medium-size enterprises in the region to learn transport alternatives to their incoming/outgoing flows to the main two seaports in Belgium. The website will go LIVE next Monday. You may register for the event via: Flanders Smart Hub

In tegenstelling tot de dagelijkse berichtgeving over overvolle wegen en toenemende filevorming in en rond de knooppunten in Vlaams-Brabant, is er veel beweging te bespeuren op de ‘alternatieve’ wegen, zijnde spoor- en waterwegen.

Om dit verkeer blijvend te stimuleren en verder uit te bouwen, hebben de POM Vlaams-Brabant en de Vrije Universiteit Brussel het project ‘Multimodaal Vlaams-Brabant’ opgestart.

Concreet is er een website ontwikkeld waar u per specifiek traject (met vertrekpunt in Vlaams-Brabant) de prijs en  CO₂-uitstoot van de verschillende vervoersmodi (water, spoor en weg) kan berekenen. U vindt er eveneens achtergrondinfo bij de verschillende modi, contactgegevens van terminals en deskundigen en u kan natuurlijk zelf even uw eigen rekening maken en uitprinten.

Deze website wordt in primeur voorgesteld op maandag 27 februari 2012 en we nodigen u graag uit om erbij te zijn!


  • 15.30 uur: ontvangst bezoekers
  • 16.00 uur: Inleiding – POM Vlaams-Brabant
  • 16.05 uur: Project Vlaams-Brabant Multimodaal – Prof. Dr. Cathy Macharis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel – MOSI -T
  • 16.35 uur: Goederenvervoer over de waterweg – Leo Clinckers, Waterwegen en Zeekanaal
  • 16.55 uur: Goederenvervoer over het spoor – Steve Declercq, IFB
  • 17.15 uur: Getuigenis uit de praktijk – de spoorcorridor vanuit de West-Vlaamse diepvriesindustrie op Noord-Italië – Alexander Demon – POM West-Vlaanderen
  • 17.35 uur: Receptie + mogelijkheid om de site te testen

Datum: 27 februari 2012 van 15.30 tot 18.30 uur
Locatie: Provinciehuis Vlaams-Brabant, Provincieplein 1, 3010 Leuven

Dit event wordt u gratis aangeboden door de POM Vlaams-Brabant, VUB en Flanders Smart Hub, maar registratie is verplicht.

U kan onderaan inschrijven.

Meer info:
POM Vlaams-Brabant – Tom Philips – tel: 016 26 71 98 –

ewgt 2011

I have returned from a week-long conference trip from Poznan Poland. 14th EWGT Meeting was fun. I have presented a paper in the session on location which I also chaired. The research themes were too broad therefore making a problem to get directly correlated papers with my research interests. Anyway there were few interesting presentation.

The papers submitted to the Conference several months ago and positively reviewed by reviewers were accepted for the publication in the Elsevier journal, Procedia – Social and Behavioral Science, Vol. 20 (2011). It is published and available for free on the web site:

This was our paper:

Cathy Macharis, Ethem Pekin, Piet Rietveld, Location Analysis Model for Belgian Intermodal Terminals: towards an integration of the modal choice variables, Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 20, 2011, Pages 79-89, ISSN 1877-0428, 10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.08.013.
Abstract: Intermodal transport, the combination and integration of several transport modes, with the use of loading units, is in most cases more environmentally friendly than unimodal road transport for the carriage of goods. The LAMBIT-model (Location Analysis Model for Belgian Intermodal Terminals) has been developed to analyse the market areas of intermodal terminals and potential ones. In the LAMBIT model, barge/road and rail/road intermodal chains can be compared to unimodal road transport within Belgium. In this paper we show how to include, next to market prices the value of time in the model and how to integrate other cost factors, such as congestion, the possibility to use the terminal as an empty depot function and the distance of the post haulage section.
Keywords: Intermodal transport; GIS network model; modal choice variables

B2B LOCO conference

“Transport and logistics ICT solutions – from EU projects to business practice”

EVENT: Final B2B LOCO Conference

DATE: 27th of May, 2011

VENUE: Grand Hotel Metropol, Portoroz, Slovenia

B2B LOCO project is inviting you to participate in the second project’s conference dedicated to “Transport and logistics ICT solutions – from EU projects to business practice” to be held together with the “International Conference on Transport Science – ICTS 2011” organized by Slovenian Society for Transport Science.
The participants of the B2B LOCO conference will have the opportunity to:

  • familiarize with best practice solutions developed from EU projects in logistics and transport
  • learn how enterprises may benefit from European Projects
  • gain first-hand experiences on participation in EU projects and in Seventh Framework Programme

Official website of ICTS 2011


odysseus 2012

***** CALL FOR PAPERS *****

Fifth International Workshop on Freight Transportation and Logistics

May 21-25 2012, Mykonos Island, Greece


***** Deadline for extended abstract submission:  October 31, 2011 *****


Scope of workshop:

This international scientific workshop, 5th in the series of ODYSSEUS meetings, follows the footsteps of its predecessors (Crete 2000, Sicily 2003, Altea 2006, Çeşme 2009) in bringing together researchers and practitioners of freight transportation and logistics to discuss recent experiences, exchange ideas, disseminate research results, and present advanced applications and technologies. It provides a high quality forum for recent developments, trends and advances in the theory, practice and application of mathematical models, methodologies and decision support systems in the field of freight transportation and logistics.


Topics of interest cover a broad spectrum and include but are not limited to:

  • Vehicle Routing
  • Fleet and Crew Management
  • Modal/Intermodal Transportation
  • Terminal Management
  • Supply Chain Logistics
  • Network Design and Planning
  • City Logistics
  • Facility Logistics
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Humanitarian Logistics


Conference Location and Venue:

Mykonos is located at the heart of the Aegean Sea and is one of the most cosmopolitan islands in the Mediterranean.  It is renowned for its clear blue sea, golden beaches and vivid sunsets. Mykonos’ traditional, whitewashed architecture, its signature windmills and countless churches create a unique picturesque environment.  The town of Mykonos offers exceptional shopping and entertainment opportunities, features a vibrant nightlife, and is only 2 km away from ancient Delos, an island museum designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The workshop will be held at the Royal Myconian Resort (37o 25’ 19’’, 25o 23’ 35’’), located on Elia Beach.


Important dates:

Extended abstract submission open:          May 30, 2011

Deadline for extended abstract submission: October 31, 2011

Registration open:                                  May 30, 2011

Notification of acceptance:                       January 17, 2012

Deadline for abstract revisions:                 February 14, 2012

Early registration due:                              February 29, 2012


Extended Abstract Preparation & Submission Guidelines:

The registration and abstract submission process will open at May 30, 2011. Submitted extended abstracts should be up to 4 pages length, written in English and typeset using either the LaTeX or the Word template provided at, under the *Abstract Submission* section.


Extended abstracts will be peer-reviewed and acceptance of the contributions will be based on originality of the work, suitability regarding the main topic of the workshop, and overall quality of the submission.


Organizing Committee:

Teodor Gabriel Crainic, Université du Québec à Montréal and CIRRELT

Michel Gendreau, École Polytechnique de Montréal and CIRRELT

Chrysanthos Gounaris, Princeton University

Gregory Prastacos, Athens University of Economics and Business

Panagiotis Repoussis, Athens University of Economics and Business

Christos Tarantilis, Athens University of Economics and Business (Chair)


Looking forward to your submissions and to seeing you in Mykonos!


On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Christos D. Tarantilis

Athens University of Economics & Business

Department of Management Science & Technology

95, Patission street, Athens 10434, Greece,

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