Rail access pricing for suburban services in Europe

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dc.contributor.author Tsamboulas, D en
dc.contributor.author Kopsacheili, AG en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-01T02:42:57Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-01T02:42:57Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en
dc.identifier.issn 0361-1981 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/31146
dc.subject Access Pricing en
dc.subject.classification Engineering, Civil en
dc.subject.classification Transportation en
dc.subject.classification Transportation Science & Technology en
dc.subject.other Bus transportation en
dc.subject.other Costs en
dc.subject.other Maintenance en
dc.subject.other Mathematical models en
dc.subject.other Natural frequencies en
dc.subject.other Public policy en
dc.subject.other Taxicabs en
dc.subject.other Transportation charges en
dc.subject.other Urban planning en
dc.subject.other Infrastructure charging system en
dc.subject.other Rail access pricing en
dc.subject.other Suburban rail services en
dc.subject.other Train operating companies (TOC) en
dc.subject.other Railroad transportation en
dc.title Rail access pricing for suburban services in Europe en
heal.type conferenceItem en
heal.identifier.primary 10.3141/1872-04 en
heal.identifier.secondary http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/1872-04 en
heal.language English en
heal.publicationDate 2004 en
heal.abstract Until recently, Europe was dominated by state-owned, vertically integrated railroads. Lately, European Union (EU) policies and relevant legislation have introduced the legal separation between railroad operations and infrastructure management. Thus, the railroad infrastructure management companies have started applying charges (termed access pricing) to railroad companies for using infrastructure. Although European policies and legislation set the basic access pricing principles, they did not provide specific rules or methods for deriving infrastructure charging systems. An access pricing system for suburban (commuter) rail services was developed. An overview of practices in EU member states and the United States is presented. The basic principles and economic characteristics of infrastructure charging are outlined. The proposed structure of the infrastructure charging system is discussed, with a distinction between the basic charge - which includes costs for train planning and line operations, infrastructure damage and wear and tear costs, and quality of services - and additional components. Each component is mathematically expressed. The proposed charging system does not include costs related to train operations. To test the robustness of the proposed system, it is applied to the suburban rail services provided by the Greek company AMEL, with trains running on the Greek railroads' infrastructure. The proposed infrastructure charging system can be applied to any railroad by changing the variable values. en
heal.journalName Transportation Research Record en
dc.identifier.doi 10.3141/1872-04 en
dc.identifier.isi ISI:000227334000004 en
dc.identifier.issue 1872 en
dc.identifier.spage 28 en
dc.identifier.epage 36 en

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