Reliability and Heterogeneity of Railway Services

29 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2004

See all articles by M. J. C. M. Vromans

M. J. C. M. Vromans

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Rommert Dekker

Econometric Institute; Erasmus University, Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics ; Erasmus University, Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) ; Tinbergen Institute Rotterdam

L. G. Kroon

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Technology and Operations Management; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); NS Reizigers - Department of Logistics

Date Written: 16 2003, 12

Abstract

Reliability is one of the key factors in transportation, both for passengers and for cargo. This paper examines reliability in public railway systems. Reliability of railway services is a complex matter, since there are many causes for disruptions and at least as many causes for delays to spread around in space and time. One way to increase the reliability is to reduce the propagation of delays due to the interdependencies between trains. In this paper we attempt to decrease these interdependencies by reducing the running time differences per track section, i.e. by creating more homogeneous timetables. Because of the complexity of railway systems, we use network wide simulation for the analysis of the alternative timetables. We report on both theoretical and practical cases. Besides a comparison of different timetables, also general timetabling principles are deduced. Reliability is one of the key factors in transportation, both for passengers and for cargo. This paper examines reliability in public railway systems. Reliability of railway services is a complex matter, since there are many causes for disruptions and at least as many causes for delays to spread around in space and time. One way to increase the reliability is to reduce the propagation of delays due to the interdependencies between trains. In this paper we attempt to decrease these interdependencies by reducing the running time differences per track section, i.e. by creating more homogeneous timetables. Because of the complexity of railway systems, we use network wide simulation for the analysis of the alternative timetables. We report on both theoretical and practical cases. Besides a comparison of different timetables, also general timetabling principles are deduced.

Keywords: railways, transportation, reliability, heterogeneity, simulation

JEL Classification: M, M11, L92

Suggested Citation

Vromans, Michiel J.C.M. and Dekker, Rommert and Kroon, Leo, Reliability and Heterogeneity of Railway Services (16 2003, 12). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2003-090-LIS. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=483855

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