Integration of Passenger and Freight Rail Scheduling

This project develops a methodology to integrate passenger and freight rail scheduling when they share the same trackage to reduce train delay while traveling on the main corridors. Typically, passenger train and freight train scheduling are performed separately. Passenger train schedules are usually based on fixed timetables whereas with freight train scheduling there is more flexibility in setting their departure times. We will investigate the impact and resulting potential benefits of integrating the scheduling of these two types of trains. The project will use the rail network from downtown Los Angeles to Colton as the test case. In this area, the railway trackage is around 390 miles with about 358 trains per peak day (195 freight trains and 163 passenger trains per day). Both Amtrak and Metrolink trains travel through this corridor.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    California Department of Transportation

    1120 N Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Loebs, Nathan

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research

    University of Southern California
    650 Childs Way, RGL 107
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
  • Principal Investigators:

    Dessouky, Maged

  • Start Date: 20150701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39744

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572363
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0533
  • Files: UTC, RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2015 1:00AM