Examining the Effects of Precision Scheduled Railroading on Intercity Passenger and High-Speed Rail Service

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Examining the Effects of Precision Scheduled Railroading on Intercity Passenger and High-Speed Rail Service


More than just scheduling terminal-to-terminal trips for trains, “Precision Scheduled Railroading” (PSR) creates entire point-to-point trip plans for individual railroad shipments. Since precision execution was first put into practice, the benefits to shipment arrival reliability and to freight railroads’ profitability have been demonstrated by its use in several Class One freight railroads. However, the effects of the PSR operating strategy on passenger railway operations in shared freight/passenger corridors has not been studied in detail. This research examines the effects of PSR railroad operations on passenger railways, including measuring “Host Railroad Minutes of Delay per 10,000 Train-Miles” and “On-Time Performance” of individual passenger railways, both intercity and high-speed.


Dr. Green is an Assistant Professor of Civil & Railroad Engineering at California State University, Fresno. Prior to this, he worked for the CN Railway, and then for consulting engineering firms as a Project Manager, a Project Engineer, Field Engineer, and Track Designer, having more than 24 years of experience in Civil Engineering, primarily in railroading, but including projects with highways, traffic studies, parking facilities, and traffic signals. He has authored 11 publications. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (Civil) in five states. Dr. Green has planned, led, and taught 17 three-day seminars on behalf of AREMA. Dr. Green is a Past President of the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the current Vice President of the Fresno Branch of ASCE. Also, he is the current Vice Chairperson of AREMA Committee 24, and a member of AREMA Committee 17.

Mr. Miller is a licensed Professional Engineer with more than 36 years of experience in the planning, design, construction, inspection, and project management of major railway, track, and facility engineering projects. He is Vice-President and Director of Track Design for AECOM. 
He currently serves as Vice-President of AREMA’s Passenger & Transit (P&T) Functional Group and served as Past Director for the P&T Functional Group and Past-Chair for AREMA Committee 17: High Speed Rail Systems. In addition, he also serves as sub-committee Chair for Committee 11: Commuter & Inner-City Rail Systems, as a lead instructor for AREMA’s “Introduction to Practical Railway Engineering” for Committee 24: Education & Training and is a member of the TRB Committee on Railroad Track Structure System Design (AR050), APTA High Speed & Intercity Rail Committee, and the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee FRA Track Standards Working Group.

March 2022
Passenger railways
Precision Scheduled Railroad



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