A Methodology for Long-Term Analysis of Innovative Signalling Systems on Regional Rail Lines

Luca D'Acierno, Marilisa Botte, Claudia Di Salvo, Chiara Caropreso, Bruno Montella


A rail system may be considered a useful tool for reducing vehicular flows on a road system (i.e. cars and trucks), especially in high-density contexts such as urban and metropolitan areas where greenhouse gas emissions need to be abated. In particular, since travellers maximise their own utility, variations in mobility choices can be induced only by significantly improving the level-of-service of public transport. Our specific proposal is to identify the economic and environmental effects of implementing an innovative signalling system (which would reduce passenger waiting times) by performing a cost-benefit analysis based on a feasibility threshold approach. Hence, it is necessary to calculate long-term benefits and compare them with intervention costs. In this context, a key factor to be considered is travel demand estimation in current and future conditions. This approach was tested on a regional rail line in southern Italy to show the feasibility and utility of the proposed methodology.


Microscopic rail system simulation; operational cost definition; public transport management; signalling system; travel demand estimation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22149/teee.v1i3.56


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