Railway Transportation

Efficient railway transportation helps ensure both population mobility and a functioning supply chain, but railway reliability is often threatened by inadequate capacity, aging infrastructure, increasing freight costs, and potential security threats. RAND researchers have explored and recommended different approaches to modernizing rail systems and keeping them safe.

  • Journal Article

    Modelling Long-Distance Travel in Great Britain

    Trips longer than 50 mi account for less than one-fortieth of all trips but nearly one-third of all distance traveled within Great Britain. Because they account for a substantial proportion of total distance traveled, particularly on motorways and rail, these trips are important for transport policy and have a substantial impact on congestion. RAND Europe developed a model to ensure proper treatment of the specific properties of long-distance travel; such treatment is essential for appraising the impact of transport policy aimed at this market, such as high-speed rail, highway construction and management policies, and policies directed toward domestic air travel.

    Jan 1, 2013

  • Report

    Developing Models to Predict Future High-Speed Rail Demand in Britain

    Within a consortium of consultancies, RAND Europe contributed to the development of models to predict future passenger rail demand to assess the benefits of the proposed high-speed rail between London, Birmingham, Manchester and further afield. Our contribution in this work included improving the quality of the travel demand models, by using the best available evidence to improve the estimate of key model parameters.

    Dec 10, 2012

  • Blog

    No Data? Big Problem.

    Good data can inform decision makers about what really works—how best to relieve congestion and improve supply-chain connectivity to make freight transportation—and hence the U.S. economy—more competitive, write Mortimer Downey, Joseph Schofer, and Johanna Zmud.

    Mar 20, 2012

  • Report

    Spotlight on 2011

    With 2012 being our 20th anniversary year, the report features some of our recent work while reflecting on how RAND Europe has developed and remained relevant over the last two decades. It highlights selected research and corporate activity in 2011.

    Jan 19, 2012

  • Report

    Modelling Demand for Long Distance Passenger Travel in Great Britain

    RAND Europe, in collaboration with URS/Scott Wilson, has developed models to predict demand for long-distance passenger travel in Great Britain to appraise the impact of new transport infrastructure and operation policies aimed at this market, such as high-speed rail, highway management, and policies directed towards domestic air travel. Stated preference surveys were conducted with rail, air and car travellers to enable better representation of high-speed rail in the models.

    Jun 23, 2011

  • Report

    The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State

    An examination of options and cost estimates for strengthening the housing and transportation infrastructure of a potential future independent Palestinian state in the context of a large and rapidly growing Palestinian population.

    May 19, 2011

  • Journal Article

    Do Attitudes Affect Choices, or Vice Versa?

    Growing interest in the use of models that recognise the role of individuals' attitudes and perceptions in choice behaviour has influenced a team of RAND Europe researchers to examine the latent nature of attitudes. In an article in Transportation they present an application of jointly estimated attitudinal and choice models to a real-world transport study, looking at the role of latent attitudes in a rail travel context. The result of their work is an ordered logit structure that explains how the choices people make may be strongly influenced by their attitudes, but that the choices also say something about those attitudes.

    Jan 1, 2011

  • Journal Article

    Quantifying Individuals' Trade-Offs Between Privacy, Liberty and Security: The Case of Rail Travel in UK

    This paper uses a stated choice experiment to quantify individuals' tradeoffs between privacy and security within a real-life context, namely rail travel in the UK.

    Mar 31, 2010

  • News Release

    U.S. Freight System Modernization Necessary to Reduce Bottlenecks, Improve Security

    The long-term efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. freight transportation system is threatened by bottlenecks, inefficient use of some parts of the infrastructure components, vulnerability to disruptions, and crucial environmental and energy concerns.

    Jun 9, 2009

  • Report

    Policy Insight, Volume 2, Issue 5, December 2008: Getting America Back on Track: U.S. Public Policy on Railroads

    Discusses whether and how policymakers should invest in expanding U.S. rail infrastructure to help accommodate projected increases in freight traffic.

    Dec 8, 2008

  • News Release

    Pennsylvania's Rail System Will Require Collaborative Approach to Improve Safety and Security

    Pennsylvania leaders have an active role to play in coordinating public and private efforts to improve the safety and security of Pennsylvania's extensive and complex railroad system.

    Nov 24, 2008

  • Report

    Pennsylvania's Rail System Will Require Collaborative Approach to Improve Safety and Security

    Pennsylvania leaders have an active role to play in coordinating public and private efforts to improve the safety and security of Pennsylvania's extensive and complex railroad system.

    Nov 10, 2008

  • Event

    The Current State of Railroad Capacity and Performance for Freight Transportation

    Summary of the September 8, 2008 Congressional Briefing presented by Henry Willis: Public Choices about U.S. Railroad Performance, Capacity and Cost

    Sep 8, 2008

  • Multimedia

    The Arc: A Formal Structure For a Palestinian State

    A presentation of options for strengthening the institutions of a potential future independent Palestinian state.

    Aug 26, 2008

  • Report

    Public Investment in Rail Capacity Expansion May Be Justified but Strategy Needed

    The volume of freight transported in the United States is expected to double over the next 30 years. Greater use of rail freight could allow the supply chain to accommodate this increase while minimizing highway congestion and reducing fuel consumption.

    Aug 4, 2008

  • News Release

    RAND Study Provides Framework for Passenger-Rail Systems to Cost-Effectively Protect Riders from Terrorist Attacks

    U.S. communities depend on reliable, safe, and secure rail systems, but such systems are vulnerable to terrorist attack. A framework developed for rail security planners and policymakers can help guide cost-effective plans to secure their rail systems from attacks.

    Dec 11, 2007

  • Report

    A Framework for Planning Cost-Effective Rail Security Against a Terrorist Attack

    U.S. communities depend on reliable, safe, and secure rail systems, but such systems are vulnerable to terrorist attack. A framework developed for rail security planners and policymakers can help guide cost-effective plans to secure their rail systems from attacks.

    Dec 2, 2007

  • Research Brief

    Can Publicly Available Information Be Used in Planning Terrorist Attacks?

    This fact sheet describes a framework for assessing the availability of publicly available information for planning attacks on the U.S. air, rail, and sea transportation infrastructure and the results of applying the framework in a red-team exercise.

    Aug 1, 2007

  • Report

    Can Terrorists Use Publicly Available Information in Attacks?

    How much data regarding U.S. defenses is publicly available and how easily could it be found by individuals seeking to harm U.S. domestic interests? A new framework guides assessments of the availability of such information for planning attacks on the U.S. air, rail, and sea transportation infrastructure.

    Jul 18, 2007

  • Project

    Addressing Challenges Facing the Global Supply Chain

    Supply Chain Policy Center research addresses issues critical to the supply chains that drive the U.S., North American and international economies.

    May 9, 2007