Evaluating the Use of Operational Management Techniques for Capacity Improvements on Shared-use Rail Corridors

The majority of intercity passenger and commuter rail services in the United States (U.S.) operate on the shared-use corridors with freight rail services. These types of operations tend to be challenging for efficient capacity utilization and reliability due to the high heterogeneity of trains (diversity of trains operations). In addition, the projected growth in demand for rail transportation is likely to exacerbate the situation, making efficient use of capacity a necessity for freight and passenger traffic alike. There are two main approaches to improve the capacity levels, either by applying new capital investment or by improving operational characteristics and parameters of the rail services (such as improving the trains timetables). To date, U.S. has concentrated more on the first approach while the second approach is commonly used in European practices. It would be beneficial to evaluate the main challenges and advantages of using operational management techniques to improve the capacity utilization along shared use corridors in the United States.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $59106.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Michigan Technological University, Ann Arbor

    Michigan Tech Research Institute, 3600 Green Court
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48105
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lautala, Pasi

  • Start Date: 20140901
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20151030
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38282

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547324
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC19
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 6 2014 1:00AM