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Modes of transport

Transport (commonly used in the U.K.), or transportation (used in the U.S.), is the movement of humans, animals and goods from one location to another. In other words, the action of transport is defined as a particular movement of an organism or thing from a point A (a place in space) to a point B. Modes of transport include air, land (rail and road), water, cable, pipeline and space. The field can be divided into infrastructure, vehicles and operations. Transport enables trade between people, which is essential for the development of civilizations.

Transport infrastructure consists of the fixed installations, including roads, railways, airways, waterways, canals and pipelines and terminals such as airports, railway stations, bus stations, warehouses, trucking terminals, refueling depots (including fueling docks and fuel stations) and seaports. Terminals may be used both for interchange of passengers and cargo and for maintenance.

Vehicles traveling on these networks may include automobiles, bicycles, buses, trains, trucks, helicopters, watercraft, spacecraft and aircraft.

Learning Tasks

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  • (Transport processes in particles and molecules) Above, transport processes are mentioned in the context of logistics. However, transport processes also occur at the molecular level or at the particle level. Analyse both transport processes and identify similarities and differences (see also diffusion).
  • (Risk management) In risk management, one must provide resource in a way that covers risks as well as possible. Explain the importance of transportation processes in risk management.
  • (Water) Examine transportation processes in the context of drinking water. This includes not only human water supply, but also other aspects of water transport from an environmental science or meteorological perspective.
  • (Biology) During metabolism in the human body, substances are absorbed, processed, and excreted. Which transport processes in the human body are you familiar with and what are the similarities and differences to logistics in the field of economics.
  • (Sustainable Development Goals) Consider the Sustainability Goals of the United Nations and identify in the individual goals the role that transport processes play in this context[1].
  • (Intermodal Public Transport) Intermodal transport of goods by container has become an integral part of transportation and logistics. Transfer the concept to a theoretical concept of an intermodal public transport and discuss the different Sustainable Development Goals. How does transportation support sustainability or creates drawbacks for sustainable accomplishment of a specific goal! E.g.
    • less consumption of resource due less required reusable puplic propulsion units.
    • resusabilty of passenger cells even if the propulsion unit is outdated,
    • a trailer for passenger cells for a bus allows integration into current public transport concepts but the .
  • (Interoperability) Analyze the concept of interoperability and discuss that in the context of an interoperable public transport. What are benefits and drawbacks of the current public transport you know and how can passenger e.g. with their baggage can easier change vehicles. What are the contributions of shared economy to interoperability and what are the difference of public transport that shared the same operational standards at interface (see also interoperability)!

See also

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  1. Mihyeon Jeon, C., & Amekudzi, A. (2005). Addressing sustainability in transportation systems: definitions, indicators, and metrics. Journal of infrastructure systems, 11(1), 31-50.

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