Elise Miller-Hooks

Publications: Journal 25

“Train Slot Cooperation in Multi-Carrier, International Rail-Based Intermodal Freight Transport”

Transportation Research Record 2043, 31-40.
Kuo, A., E. Miller-Hooks, K. Zhang, H. Mahmassani (2008)

Pub25This paper proposes collaborative decision-making (CDM) strategies for the collaborative operation of international rail-based intermodal freight services by multiple carriers.

The benefits of the proposed techniques are assessed using a carrier collaboration simulation-assignment framework on a real-world European intermodal network spanning 11 countries from Scandinavia to Greece through Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, termed the REORIENT Corridor.

Three CDM strategies are proposed in this work:

  1. train slot cooperation
  2. train space leasing and
  3. train slot swapping.

Results of numerical experiments indicate that the proposed strategies are expected to result in significant improvements in terms of shipments that are attracted to the proposed services. The best performing CDM strategy, the train slot swapping strategy, results in a more than 40% increase in terms of ton-km attracted to proposed services. Such CDM strategies result in a win-win situation for all parties. In addition to attracting more demand, cost savings in terms of rolling stock and labor and reduced shipment delays can be achieved. This work shows the potential of such strategies for a real-world application.

Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

Phone: 703.993.1685
Email: miller@gmu.edu

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Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
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