Managing peak demand for passenger rail: A literature review

Charles, P. and Hale, C. (2009). Managing peak demand for passenger rail: A literature review. In: 32nd Australasian Transport Research Forum. Australasian Transport Research Forum, Auckland, N.Z., (1-15). 29 October - 1st November 2009.

Author Charles, P.
Hale, C.
Title of paper Managing peak demand for passenger rail: A literature review
Conference name Australasian Transport Research Forum
Conference location Auckland, N.Z.
Conference dates 29 October - 1st November 2009
Proceedings title 32nd Australasian Transport Research Forum
Place of Publication Auckland, N.Z.
Publisher ATRF
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Language eng
Abstract/Summary A review of the literature on the phenomenon of peak rail demand and its management. Major cities in Australia are experiencing heavy demand growth for rail passenger transport, especially in the morning and afternoon peak periods during which radially-configured rail systems experience heavy commuter traffic catering to the standard workday. Passenger rail systems customarily focus attention on meeting peak demand – through investment in infrastructure, rolling stock and provision of services. Allocating extensive resources for use during only a few hours each day is not efficient. The paper looks at the literature on peak rail demand. Firstly, the phenomenon itself is described, along with the methods that might be used to track and measure demand levels. Secondly, common and potential peak spreading or shifting or demand management approaches, issues and ideas are reviewed – including: network planning responses, differential pricing, policy and strategy and passenger location-balancing strategies. The relationship between the standard working day and peak demand is also reviewed.
Formatted Abstract/Summary

Subjects 090507 Transport Engineering
120506 Transport Planning
140217 Transport Economics
Keyword Transport planning
Rail demand management
Peak period
Mass transit capacity
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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Created: Fri, 20 Nov 2009, 22:28:17 EST by Mr Chris Hale on behalf of School of Civil Engineering