Title

SCHEDULING AND FACILITY DESIGN FOR TRANSIT RAILCAR MAINTENANCE

Authors

R W. Hall

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2000

Subject Area

operations - scheduling, organisation - structures, mode - rail, mode - car

Keywords

Scheduling, Schedule maintenance, Rapid transit facilities, Railroad transportation, Railroad maintenance facilities, Railroad cars, Rail transportation, Rail transit facilities, Operational efficiency, Maintenance structures, Maintenance of way cars, Maintenance facilities, Design of specific facilities

Abstract

This paper develops models to evaluate the operational efficiency of alternative designs for railcar maintenance facilities. The focus is on utilization of maintenance positions in shops where multiple cars are assigned to the same track, creating the possibility of blocking. Two rules for assigning jobs to shop stalls are developed and evaluated; one based on utilizing stalls in tandem with inserted idle time and the other not using inserted idle time. The performance is evaluated as a function of the number of stalls per track and whether the track is one-ended or two-ended. The modeling approach was highly useful in understanding the complexities of processing cars that are stored on tracks where access to inside positions can be blocked by other cars.

Comments

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