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Journal of applied research and technology

On-line version ISSN 2448-6736Print version ISSN 1665-6423

J. appl. res. technol vol.12 n.2 Ciudad de México Apr. 2014


Ensuring a Reasonable Passenger Capacity Utilization Rate of a Train for Its Sustainably Efficient Transport


X. Feng*1, Q. Wang2, Y. Liu3, B. Xu4, H. Liu5, and Q. Sun6


1,2,3,4,5 MOE Key Laboratory for Urban Transportation Complex Systems Theory and Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, P.R. China. *

6 School of Economics and Management, Chang'an University Xi'an, P.R. China.



Based on simulations of the transports of a typically formed Chinese intercity passenger train hauled respectively by major types of the locomotives on a certain railway line in China, this research analyzes the changes of the traction energy cost intensity and passenger transport efficiency of the train with varying its passenger capacity utilization rate and target speed. It is found that if the passenger capacity utilization rate of such a train is higher than 60.00%, the effect of its passenger capacity utilization rate and target speed on its traction energy cost intensity and passenger transport efficiency is relatively very small. In contrast, if the passenger capacity utilization rate of the train is reduced from 40.00%, the efficiencies of its traction energy cost and passenger transport both decrease obviously and such decreases are evidently affected by its target speed. Therefore, strictly preventing the passenger capacity utilization rate of a conventional intercity passenger train from decreasing from 40.00% in particular and meanwhile striving to make its passenger capacity utilization rate higher than 60.00% as new evaluation benchmarking are able to effectively improve the railway passenger transport operation management in China.

Keywords: intercity passenger train, traction energy cost intensity, transport efficiency, passenger capacity utilization rate, target speed, traction calculation simulation.





This research is supported by Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (NCET-13-0655), National Basic Research Program of China (2012CB725406) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (71201006; 71131001).



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