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Improving the quality of rail freight services by managing the time-based attributes: the case of non-bulk rail network in Australia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The increasing role of the rail industry in freight markets has been a

    focusing point when developing transport policies by many governments across

    the world. The non-bulk freight market in Australia is an example where

    competition between road and rail is well pronounced. Long transit times and

    low levels of reliability are key concerns of freight customers hindering their

    use of rail for interstate freight movements. With the objective of quantitatively

    evaluating the trade-offs between transit time and reliability, this paper

    provides insights on how managing the time-based transport attributes can

    create a competitive advantage for rail transport. To investigate the impact of

    reducing transit time on train punctuality, an arrival distribution function was

    developed for both actual and reduced transit time scenarios. The results of the

    case study show that a marginal reduction in transit time can significantly

    improve the service reliability in shorter corridors.

Authors


  •   Ghaderi, Hadi (external author)
  •   Namazi-Rad, Mohammad-Reza
  •   Cahoon, Stephen (external author)
  •   Fei, Jingang (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Ghaderi, H., Namazi-Rad, M., Cahoon, S. & Fei, J. (2015). Improving the quality of rail freight services by managing the time-based attributes: the case of non-bulk rail network in Australia. World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, 5 (3), 203-220.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smartpapers/140

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 203

End Page


  • 220

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • The increasing role of the rail industry in freight markets has been a

    focusing point when developing transport policies by many governments across

    the world. The non-bulk freight market in Australia is an example where

    competition between road and rail is well pronounced. Long transit times and

    low levels of reliability are key concerns of freight customers hindering their

    use of rail for interstate freight movements. With the objective of quantitatively

    evaluating the trade-offs between transit time and reliability, this paper

    provides insights on how managing the time-based transport attributes can

    create a competitive advantage for rail transport. To investigate the impact of

    reducing transit time on train punctuality, an arrival distribution function was

    developed for both actual and reduced transit time scenarios. The results of the

    case study show that a marginal reduction in transit time can significantly

    improve the service reliability in shorter corridors.

Authors


  •   Ghaderi, Hadi (external author)
  •   Namazi-Rad, Mohammad-Reza
  •   Cahoon, Stephen (external author)
  •   Fei, Jingang (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Ghaderi, H., Namazi-Rad, M., Cahoon, S. & Fei, J. (2015). Improving the quality of rail freight services by managing the time-based attributes: the case of non-bulk rail network in Australia. World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, 5 (3), 203-220.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smartpapers/140

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 203

End Page


  • 220

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 3