A framework for evaluating operations control on a metro line: integrating multiple perspectives and automatically collected train and passenger movement data

This paper focuses on transit operations control, which involves the implementation of a metro line's operations plan on a daily basis and impacts the quality of service experienced by passengers. A framework is developed to evaluate rail operations control strategies with the purpose of identifying limitations and suggesting alternative approaches for or validating the effectiveness of certain strategies. The framework includes automated collection of service and passenger demand and it supports a multiperspective analysis methodology that can inform operational policies and plans. This paper is unique in its use of automatically collected data, its consideration of the operation control decision environment, and its acknowledgement that service reliability depends on many factors endogenous to it. The methodology’s versatility allows for insights that would not otherwise be gained. The authors apply the framework to the London Underground, but suggest that its structure and procedures are transferable to other metro systems.


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  • Accession Number: 01498862
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2013 9:12AM