High-speed rail operations on an existing network: an assessment model for China

Wong, Wing-gun, Han, B.M., Ferreira, Luis, & Zhu, X. (2002) High-speed rail operations on an existing network: an assessment model for China. Transportation Planning & Technology, 25(3), pp. 239-254.

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High-speed rail operations have the potential to reduce the long-term decline in rail passenger travel demand for the medium to long distance inter-urban markets. Such decline has been evident through most of the industrialized countries where air and road transport tend to be the dominant modes.

In China, the operations of long distance high-speed rail on fully dedicated track is not very easy to implement, due to the high proportion of passengers who travel between high-speed and conventional railways. An alternative approach would be to allow for mixed operations with trains of various speeds on the same track. This paper puts forward a simulation model designed to allow an evaluation of the most efficient distance for high-speed rail operations under mixed train speed scenarios. The model takes into account the main operating parameters such as passenger volumes, train speeds, capital and maintenance costs, train operating costs and energy consumption. The distance of high-speed train running on conventional rail, that will yield the most economic benefit, can be estimated using the model. The paper shows the results of using the model for a specific example. It is concluded that large-scale high-speed trains have the potential to be successfully operated on conventional rail networks.

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ID Code: 2533
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: High, speed railways, Optimization techniques, Train operations, Railway planning
DOI: 10.1080/0308106022000019008
ISSN: 1029-0354
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Transportation Planning & Technology 25:pp. 239-254.
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:40

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