OPTIMUM FLEET SIZING IN THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR

The Regional Railroad Reorganization Act of 1973 mandated the U.S. Department of Transportation to undertake engineering and planning studies for improved passenger rail service in the Northeast Corridor. In order to obtain fleet estimates and to analyze the effects of management strategies a calculation of the optimum number of cars required for a design day service in the Northeast Corridor was undertaken. A linear programing model that determines fleet requirements for several different formulations of the objective function was formulated. Minimum fleet size was then calculated from a demand forecast based on the service standards prescribed in the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976. Minimum car-kilometers per day and maximum load factor were also found. The analysis indicated that the most heavily traveled portion of the corridor, Philadelphia to New York, might be better served by adding trains between these two cities.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 40-45
  • Monograph Title: Rail planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184687
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026857
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM