Mode of transport is a term used to distinguish substantially different ways to perform transport.
Fri, 12 Nov 2010 09:47:31
Mode of transport (or means of transport or transport mode or transport modality or form of transport) is a term used to distinguish substantially different ways to perform transport. The most dominant modes of transport are aviation, rail transport, road transport and water transport, but other modes also exist, including pipelines, cable transport, space transport and off-road transport. Human-powered transport and animal-powered transport is sometimes regarded as their own mode, but these normally also fall into the other categories. All modes are suitable for transporting goods, and most are suitable for transporting people.
Each mode of transport has a fundamentally different technological solution and some require a separate environment. Each mode has its own infrastructure, vehicles, and operations, and often has unique regulations. Transport using more than one mode can be described as intermodal.