Calculating train running patterns to best meet demand

Mentor: Prof Phil Howlett, University of South Australia
Intern: Amie Albrecht, University of South Australia
Industry Partner: TMG Transportation Technology
Project Duration: January to May 2008

Passenger train timetables in Australia and elsewhere are manually developed every twelve months in response to infrastructure changes and fluctuations in demand. This project seeks to develop methods to calculate train running patterns that best meet demand. Methods to be developed will incorporate constraints such as train availability, capacity, track section running times, dwell times, rolling stock, track topology and capacity and the availability of staff. Findings are expected to lead to better, more robust train timetables.