Pre-planned Disruption Management in Commuter Railway Transportation: Algorithms for (partial) Automation of passenger-oriented Design and Evaluation

Anna-Katharina Brauner
Railway Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

Andreas Oetting
Railway Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

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Ingår i: RailNorrköping 2019. 8th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis (ICROMA), Norrköping, Sweden, June 17th – 20th, 2019

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 69:13, s. 182-200

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Publicerad: 2019-09-13

ISBN: 978-91-7929-992-7

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


A pre-planned disruption management helps to amend disruption operations. Pre-planned train dispatching instructions, unified in a so-called disruption program for a typical disruption situation facilitate the work of the dispatchers. Those instructions are mostly manually designed and often focus solely on the train runs. The proposed approach aims to improve the quality of disruption programs concerning operations and especially concerning the reduced passenger mobility. For this purpose, the algorithms to be presented evaluate the operating concept on its functionality and transition capability in a solely train operations focused way. A stable and fast transitioning disruption program is already enhancing the passenger mobility in a disruption, but this is not enough to call it passenger-friendly. The goals of a fast transitioning, realized by a low number of train runs and the quality of the passenger’s mobility are strongly conflicting. For this purpose, the algorithms design a transportation concept including passenger guidance measures and comprise a final evaluation of the disruption program in a passenger-oriented way.


disruption management, disruption programs, passenger-oriented, operating concept, transportation concept


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