Decreasing the passenger waiting time for an intercity rail network
AbstractTo improve the robustness of timetables for a network of passenger train services, this paper seeks to minimize a waiting cost function that includes running time supplements and different types of waiting times and late arrivals. The approach is applied to the whole intercity (IC) network of the Belgian railways. The IC network consists of 14 fast trains connecting all major cities in Belgium. In the first phase of the approach, ideal running time supplements are calculated to safeguard connections when the feeder train is late. These supplements are based on the delay distributions of the trains, the passenger counts and on the weighting of different types of waiting times. In a second phase, continuous Linear Programming (LP) is used to construct an improved timetable with well-scheduled connections and, whenever possible, with ideal running time supplements. Simulation evaluates different timetables and makes further improvement of the LP timetable possible. For the case of the IC network, the final result is a timetable with suitable transfer times and a waiting cost, that is, 40% lower than the current timetable. Since continuous LP modelling is applied, the proposed technique is very promising for developing better timetables - even for very extensive railway networks.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part B: Methodological.
Volume (Year): 41 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (May)
Contact details of provider:
Web page: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/548/description#description
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Wardman, Mark, 2004. "Public transport values of time," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 11(4), pages 363-377, October.
- Blayac, Thierry & Causse, Anne, 2001. "Value of travel time: a theoretical legitimization of some nonlinear representative utility in discrete choice models," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 35(4), pages 391-400, May.
- Vansteenwegen, P. & Oudheusden, D. Van, 2006. "Developing railway timetables which guarantee a better service," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 173(1), pages 337-350, August.
- Higgins, A. & Kozan, E. & Ferreira, L., 1996. "Optimal scheduling of trains on a single line track," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 30(2), pages 147-161, April.
- Enrique Castillo & Inmaculada Gallego & José Ureña & José Coronado, 2009. "Timetabling optimization of a single railway track line with sensitivity analysis," TOP: An Official Journal of the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research, Springer, vol. 17(2), pages 256-287, December.
- Cacchiani, Valentina & Caprara, Alberto & Toth, Paolo, 2010. "Scheduling extra freight trains on railway networks," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 44(2), pages 215-231, February.
- Shi, Feng & Zhou, Zhao & Yao, Jia & Huang, Helai, 2012. "Incorporating transfer reliability into equilibrium analysis of railway passenger flow," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 220(2), pages 378-385.
- Zhang, Jianhua & Xu, Xiaoming & Hong, Liu & Wang, Shuliang & Fei, Qi, 2011. "Networked analysis of the Shanghai subway network, in China," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 390(23), pages 4562-4570.
- Rupp, Nicholas G., 2009. "Do carriers internalize congestion costs? Empirical evidence on the internalization question," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 65(1), pages 24-37, January.
- Gheorghe-Stelian BALAN & Mariana BALAN, 2011. "Optimization models of rail transportation under the financial crisis," Scientific Bulletin - Economic Sciences, University of Pitesti, vol. 10(1), pages 72-80.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Zhang, Lei).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.