Factors Affecting Commuter Rail Energy Efficiency

This report investigates factors affecting commuter rail energy efficiency and its comparison with competing passenger travel modes. To accomplish this, data from the National Transit Database were analyzed to demonstrate various methods of quantifying the energy efficiency of commuter rail systems and to identify trends in commuter rail system energy efficiency in the US. In parallel, statistical analyses of simulation results from Rail Traffic Controller show the effects of several operational and infrastructure parameters on passenger rail energy efficiency. The Multimodal Passenger Simulation (MMPASSIM) tool was used to simulate the movements and energy efficiency of several commuter rail case studies to investigate the influence of alternative patterns of train station stops. This tool was also used to investigate the effects of energy-saving technologies and strategies on the commuter rail case study services, and to compare the results to competing passenger travel modes including automobile and bus.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Pagination: 7p

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  • Accession Number: 01599301
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NURail2013-UIUC-R12
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC18
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2016 10:42AM