Integration of Passenger and Freight Rail Scheduling

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Project Summary

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. We will use the rail network from downtown Los Angeles to Colton as our 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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Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems

P.I. Name & Address

Professor, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; USC Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California
3715 McClintock Ave.
Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) 206A
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0193
United States

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Agency ID or Contract Number

Grant No: 65A0533

Start and End Dates

8/15/2015 to 8/14/2016