Title

A DETERMINISTIC APPROACH TO EVALUATING TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AT A TERMINUS

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2000

Subject Area

operations - capacity, infrastructure - track, land use - planning, mode - rail

Keywords

Transportation planning, Track layouts (Railroad), Throughput rates, Railroad transportation, Railroad terminals, Railroad facility operations, Rail transportation, Optimization, Optimisation, Infrastructure, Deterministic approach, Capacity (Railroad)

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of the track layout on the capacity, as measured by the throughput of trains of a railway terminus. The authors present a network representation of permitted train movements and formulate an integer program that determines optimum throughput rates. By applying the model to a series of ideal track layouts that are derived from a well-known 3-platform layout, the authors are able to confirm the surmised optimum throughput. The model is also used to analyze the capacity of some existing train stations. A discussion of operational issues follows.

Comments

Transportation Research Part A Home Page: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09658564