STUDIES IN RAILROAD OPERATIONS AND ECONOMICS. VOLUME 11 IMPROVING RAILROAD RELIABILITY: A CASE STUDY OF THE SOUTHERN RAILWAY. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report summarizes the results of the second phase of research conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for FRA. An in-depth case study of the operations of Southern Railway verified previous research conclusions and suggested strategies for a test program for improving reliability. Results of the test, analyzed by Southern and MIT after its implementation, show both reliability and mean trip times can be improved in the short run without increasing costs. It is suggested other railroads can develop similar programs for improving reliability. Top managements must specify reliability service as a major corporate goal, have lines of effective communication and establish a mid-management interdepartmental planning unit.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was prepared by the Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation. See also Volume 10, PB-244 127, and Volume 12, PB-244 129
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02139

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Policy and Program Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Sussman, J M
    • Martland, C D
  • Publication Date: 1974-3

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00080464
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R-74-29 Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 11 2003 12:00AM