A Railway Travel Time Optimization System

A Railway Travel Time Optimization System

Author by Nzechukwu Otuneme

Journal/Publisher: International Journal Of Engineering Research And Technology

Volume/Edition: 7

Language: English

Pages: 108 - 115

Abstract

Effective transportation systems are an integral part of people’s life and this means a great deal of economic advantages. The increase in the need for the movement of passengers and (especially) heavy goods from one location to the other introduced an alternative means of transportation to road – the railway system. The existing travel path implementation considers the shortest routes in terms of distance, which does not necessarily mean the shortest time due to some other factors not considered in classical Dijkstra Algorithm for transportation network. This research, therefore, focused on enhancing and adapting Dijkstra algorithm in order to incorporate factors (in addition to distance) such as number of stoppages and type of rail track, which directly impact or affect travel time. A travel time algorithm and railway scheduling system was implemented. This is to support passengers’ travel decision and to monitor and control the usage of the railway.  This study concluded that for optimization of railway routes, the travel time should be considered and not just the distance between locations and that the railway system be effectively integrated with other transport systems in order to achieve seamless transport system at large.


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