Analysis of Capacity Pricing and Allocation Mechanisms in Shared Railway Systems

The objective of this thesis is to contribute to the field of shared railway systems coordination by (1) developing a framework to analyze the performance of shared railway systems under alternative capacity pricing and allocation mechanisms and (2) using this framework to understand the implications of representative capacity pricing and allocation mechanisms in representative shared railway systems. This research uses quantitative techniques from the fields of operations research and economics to solve the capacity allocation and pricing problem from the viewpoint of (1) the train operators and (2) the infrastructure manager and then seeks to find the appropriate balance between them from a public policy viewpoint. Two case studies are performed. The first deals with the Northeast Corridor of the U.S. where competition for track capacity among intercity, commuter and freight traffic is intense. The second deals with Tanzania where the competition is less intense but the question of how to operate the rail system in the public interest is front and center.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program. This report consists of three distinct documents: "The Impact of Amtrack Performance in the Northeast Corridor," "Capacity Challenge on the California High-Speed Rail Shared Corridors: How Local Decisions Have Statewide Impacts," and "Analysis of Capacity Pricing and Allocation Mechanisms in Shared Railway Systems."
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    National University Rail Center (NURail)

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 205 N. Mathews Avenue
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Pena-Alcaraz, Maite (Maria Teresa)
  • Publication Date: 2015-10-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 206p

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  • Accession Number: 01599174
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NURail2012-MIT-R01
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC18
  • Created Date: May 2 2016 12:54PM