Automated timetable design for demand-oriented service on suburban railways


Thomas Albrecht

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date


Subject Area

ridership - demand, place - urban, place - low density, mode - rail


timetabling, flexible operation, optimisation, genetic algorithms


Economic and attractive operation of suburban railways can only be realised by flexibilisation of headways, adaptation of the network and capacity of the different lines. Under those circumstances, the computation of optimal operation programmes is very complex. This contribution presents a two-level approach (computation of transport offer, timetable design) and shows the results obtained from fully-automatic offer planning and timetabling for a suburban railway.