K. Markvica, B. Hu, M. Prandtstetter, U. Ritzinger, J. Zajicek, C. Berkowitsch, G. Hauger, S. Pfoser, T. Berger, S. Eitler, R. Schodl:
"On the Development of a Sustainable and Fit-for-the-Future Transportation Network";
Infrastructures, - (2018), 3 (3); S. 1 - 10.

Population growth in cities and expanding city territory as well as population decline in
rural areas pose a challenge for the existing transport network. Consequently, we observe a rapid
change in transport infrastructure and transportation technology within the last few years. Due to
novelty or differentness, it will initially be challenging to integrate them into the existing network in
Western European cities and to identify suitable corridors leading to especially beneficial effects on
the overall transport network. The effects of new technologies and (high-performance) infrastructures
are hardly examined. It remains unclear how these novel transportation technologies will change
society, our understanding of spatial proximity, mobility, and consequently the logistics sector. In this
work, we give an overview regarding first considerations and reflections on the impacts of the
changes and developments in the field of freight transportation. Our work mainly focusses on the
estimation of the impacts of high-performance transport technologies on the society, spatial proximity,
and the logistics sector while extending the European transportation network accordingly. In our
understanding, we refer to high-performance transportation technologies as mobility systems with
either high throughput (fast and/or high utilization loads) or very flexible application. To be more
specific, we focus on Hyperloop technologies, Cargo-Sous-Terrain, freight airships, and drones.

transport network design; impacts of high-performance transport technologies;

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