CAPRES NETWORK CAPACITY ASSESSMENT FOR SWISS NORTH-SOUTH RAIL FREIGHT TRAFFIC

The Railway Network Capacity Assessment System (CAPRES) model has been developed to help planners design timetables at the network level and to saturate them, making it possible to evaluate the capacity of the network. The model was developed by the Institute of Transportation Planning in partnership with the Swiss Federal Railways. During the timetable saturation process, CAPRES takes into account infrastructure, rolling stock, and operations characteristics. It then proceeds according to user-defined strategies that involve train succession rules and priorities allocation, especially concerning the use of available capacity, for the various train categories. CAPRES has been used to analyze implementation alternatives for the North-South railway crossing through the Swiss Alps. Those applications clearly showed the effect of integrating high-performance lines with the existing network. It has been possible to verify the feasibility of planned timetables, to pinpoint bottlenecks, and to assess effects on capacity of various infrastructure and service alternatives. Thus, it has been possible to evaluate, for the next 20 years, the various scenarios for the development of service in the North-South rail corridor. CAPRES methodology and results have been certified by the Swiss government and by the major Swiss railway companies. As a consequence, they have been instrumental in the political decision process that involves a large investment for the Alp Transit project.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 221-230
  • Monograph Title: COMPUTERS IN RAILWAYS VII
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00800706
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1853128260
  • Contract Numbers: BRPR-CT97-D558, DG 12 HINS, KBN No. 9 T12C 045 1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 2000 12:00AM