Practice reviews in peak period rail network management: Munich & Washington DC

Hale, Chris and Charles, Phil (2010). Practice reviews in peak period rail network management: Munich & Washington DC. In: 12th WCTR: World Conference on Transport Research. Conference Proceedings Media. WTCR 2010: 12th World Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon, Portugal, (1-24). 11-15 July 2010.

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Author Hale, Chris
Charles, Phil
Title of paper Practice reviews in peak period rail network management: Munich & Washington DC
Conference name WTCR 2010: 12th World Conference on Transport Research
Conference location Lisbon, Portugal
Conference dates 11-15 July 2010
Convener World Conference of Transport Research Society
Proceedings title 12th WCTR: World Conference on Transport Research. Conference Proceedings Media
Place of Publication Libson, Portugal
Publisher World Conference of Transport Research Society
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 24
Total pages 24
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The paper reviews current rail peak demand management approaches in Munich and the Washington DC metropolitan areas, through a practice review approach.

Munich and the Washington DC metropolitan area offer two different approaches in the management of rail passenger demand in peak periods and beyond. By reviewing a range of strategies in use and under consideration, a broader picture emerges of the potential options and solutions available.

In the Washington DC metropolitan area, the Metro rail system links activity centres in the District of Columbia with suburban jurisdictions in Maryland and Virginia. The Metro system, as a late twentieth-century rail network, is seen as a leader for US transit in terms of scale, the quality of network design and planning, and popularity with riders. Lessons drawn from DC Metro on rail demand management approaches are indicative of best-practice in the USA at present.

In Munich, the U-Bahn is a new-generation metro-style urban rail network, which is complemented by the more suburban oriented “S-Bahn” - of a longer-distance, more radial-style configuration. Munich’s transport planners are proactive in their tracking of passenger flows and their actioning of a variety of measures that have produced “smooth” passenger flows that avoid the “excessive peaks” of many other major rail systems. This is perhaps partially a contributor to the strong overall financial outcomes for mass transit in Munich. In addition, the network characteristics of the Munich rail systems are notable, in that there are a substantial number of popular destination/origin stations, and the system is not over-reliant on a small number of major inner city stations.

From these case study examples of established and emerging practice, suggestions are drawn for strategic options to assist transport agencies and rail operators in addressing peak demand issues through a more managed and structured approach.
Subjects 090507 Transport Engineering
140217 Transport Economics
120506 Transport Planning
Keyword Passenger rail
Passenger rail economics
Demand management
Mass transit planning
WMATA
Munich
MVV
Washington DC
U-Bahn
DC Metro
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Presented as Paper no. 1585 "Practice reviews in peak period rail network management? Munich & Washington DC" during Session A3.2: "Urban and Inter-City Rail Transport".

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Created: Thu, 14 Oct 2010, 11:03:20 EST by Mr Chris Hale on behalf of School of Civil Engineering