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Improving the quality of rail freight services by managing the time-based attributes: the case of non-bulk rail network in Australia

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Ghaderi, H and Namazi-Rad, M-R and Cahoon, S and Fei, J, Improving the quality of rail freight services by managing the time-based attributes: the case of non-bulk rail network in Australia, World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, 5, (3) pp. 203-220. ISSN 1749-4729 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1504/WRITR.2015.069210

Abstract

The increasing role of the rail industry in freight markets has been a focusing point when developing transport policies by many governments across the world. The non-bulk freight market in Australia is an example where competition between road and rail is well pronounced. Long transit times and low levels of reliability are key concerns of freight customers hindering their use of rail for interstate freight movements. With the objective of quantitatively evaluating the trade-offs between transit time and reliability, this paper provides insights on how managing the time-based transport attributes can create a competitive advantage for rail transport. To investigate the impact of reducing transit time on train punctuality, an arrival distribution function was developed for both actual and reduced transit time scenarios. The results of the case study show that a marginal reduction in transit time can significantly improve the service reliability in shorter corridors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rail freight; punctuality; reliability; intermodal transportation; non-bulk transportation; interstate transportation
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Business and Management
Research Field:Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Objective Division:Defence
Objective Group:Defence
Objective Field:Logistics
Author:Ghaderi, H (Mr Hadi Ghaderi)
Author:Cahoon, S (Dr Stephen Cahoon)
Author:Fei, J (Dr Jiangang Fei)
ID Code:100114
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2015-05-04
Last Modified:2016-02-09
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