Integrated Demand and Capacity Management for Cabin-Based Transport Systems

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Cabin-based transport systems (e.g., cable cars, subways) are of increasing importance for public transport systems. To satisfy the passengers (effectiveness) as well as the operators (efficiency) requirements the passenger flow to cabins has to be managed. State-of-the art access control might be described as laissez faire access management, i.e., there is no access management because at each station the cabin might be loaded up to the maximum available capacity. Therefore, at peak hours, undesirable situations may occur, if only fully loaded cabins arrive at the next station, i.e., the passengers may have to wait quite long although the queue length is short. From the perspective of the transport system operator, it is optimal to maximize the system throughput but some of the customers are treated unfairly in this case. The objective of this study is to develop and evaluate alternative access policies to reduce overall passenger waiting times and to improve “fairness”. For this purpose, we build a discrete event simulation model that is based on empirical data. This model will be used to analyse the robustness of the developed access policies under consideration of stochastic input variables (e.g., demand distribution, access behaviour of passengers, etc.). The results show that it is not possible to reduce the waiting time in a given station without managing the passenger access of the previous ones. It is necessary to (re)balance the capacity at all stations, e.g., passengers at one station wait longer in order to reduce waiting time of the subsequent stations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 20th International Working Seminar on Production Economics, Pre-Prints, Vol. 4
Editors Grubbström, R.W, Hinterhuber, H.H., Lundquist, J. (Eds)
Place of PublicationInnsbruck
Pages129 - 138
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 102009 Computer simulation
  • 502052 Business administration
  • 502012 Industrial management
  • 211
  • 502017 Logistics
  • 502032 Quality management

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