Railway as a sustainable mode of transportation plays a great role in socio-economic welfare of societies. The impending post peak oil era, higher fuel costs and concerns for climate change have increased the importance of railways more than ever before. In this situation, railways are struggling to accommodate ever increasing demand on the limited infrastructure and tackle the capacity challenge. This involves a wide range of hard and soft measures to be taken while decision making in the railway industry is a cumbersome process. It is an immensely expensive industry to build, operate and maintain. Decisions have long term impacts and major projects are time consuming to implement. There are so many entities and complex interactions involved that leaves a domino effect on any decision taken. In order to overcome these complexities and improve the efficiency of railway transportation, it is essential to have a systems engineering approach toward railway capacity. This is of utmost importance as railway capacity is the junction of different disciplines in the railway industry. This article adopts a holistic and systems engineering approach to the complex issue of railway capacity that can facilitate efficient decision making.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the ASME 2010 Joint Rail Conference|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||ASME Joint Rail Conference - Urbana, IL, United States|
Duration: 27 Apr 2010 → 29 Apr 2010
|Conference||ASME Joint Rail Conference|
|Period||27/04/2010 → 29/04/2010|