Promoting intermodality and co-modality will enhance all modes of transportation, especially those that may be underutilized. Intermodal transport is a freight and passenger transport system based on the combination of different means of transport to cover the route from a place of departure ( place of shipment ) and a place of destination.

Intermodal transport was born in the early twentieth century ( neo-industrial transport ) and developed in the second half of the twentieth century ( post-industrial transport ) as a result of the international trade of goods ( globalization ) and the presence of different communication routes ( sea, sky, land ) available. Intermodal transport is especially developed in medium- to long-distance transport.

Goods are loaded into special standard containers, called containers, to enable them to be transported by road ( TIR ), rail ( freight train ), sea ( cargo ) or air ( cargo planes ).

The intermodal transportation system allows for significant advantages in terms of efficiency ( transportation cost ) and effectiveness ( capillarity ) over the old modal transportation system based, instead, on a single means of transportation.

Within the table is treated the transportation of goods and people.

These are development issues: efficiency, sustainability and transportation safety. Intermodality, co-modality and intelligent transportation are paradigms inherent in development activities.

The logistics of transportation nodes and arcs is the reference discipline for framing research activities. ICT technologies significantly pervade many transportation-related activities.