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Evaluation of economic efficiency of rail operation through simulation

Beck, Katja and Scheier, Benedikt and Jäger, Bärbel (2007) Evaluation of economic efficiency of rail operation through simulation. In: RailHannover2007. RailHannover2007, 2nd International Seminar on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, 2007-03-28 - 2007-03-30, Hannover (D). ISBN 978-90-78271-02-4.

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An increasing traffic demand and competition between the traffic modes force the railway operators to improve their economical results. This can be achieved primarily by reducing costs and by keeping a high standard in service and quality whereby an increase of attractiveness for potential customers can be realised. Especially the Deutsche Bahn AG, while preparing itself for going public, demands for a higher relevance of the financial result. Cost and Benefit are the two factors determining the economic efficiency of rail operations. For both the infrastructure managers and the train operator companies a possible pre-evaluation of imaginable investment scenarios is of high significance when trying to optimise their cost-benefit structure. Helpful hereby can be railway operation simulations which not only consider operative aspects but also economical ones. While there exists quite a bit of supporting software for simulating possible operation scenarios (e.g. RailSys®, OpenTrack®), it is yet not standard to reuse obtained simulation results for an economic evaluation of the considered scenarios. The Institute of Transportation Systems has therefore implemented a software link between the simulation software RailSys® and the in-house created Cost-Benefit Tool. With the latter the cost and revenue positions of the evaluated system and scenario can be calculated. The idea of a link between railway operation simulations and economic efficiency evaluations is discussed in the first part. In the next step results of first simulations are presented and discussed. Basis for the first examinations is a pre-defined regional railway for which different equipment scenarios were implemented in RailSys®.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Evaluation of economic efficiency of rail operation through simulation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Beck, Katjakatja.gutsche@dlr.de
Scheier, Benediktbenedikt.scheier@dlr.de
Jäger, Bärbelbaerbel.jaeger@dlr.de
Date:28 March 2007
Journal or Publication Title:RailHannover2007
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Railway operation simulation, Economic efficiency, LCC
Event Title:RailHannover2007, 2nd International Seminar on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis
Event Location:Hannover (D)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2007-03-28 - 2007-03-30
Organizer:Leibniz Universität Hannover
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):V -- no assignement
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Institute of Transportation Systems > Rail Systems
Deposited By: Stefanie Schwartz
Deposited On:13 Apr 2007
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:24

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