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Spatial, temporal and size distribution of freight train delays: evidence from Sweden

Niclas Krüger, Inge Vierth () and Farzad Fakhraei Roudsari
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Farzad Fakhraei Roudsari: TRENoP, Postal: Centrum för Transportstudier (CTS), Teknikringen 10, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

No 2013:8, Working papers in Transport Economics from CTS - Centre for Transport Studies Stockholm (KTH and VTI)

Abstract: This paper analyzes how freight train delays are distributed with respect to size, location and time of their occurrence. Arrival delays are analyzed in detail using data covering all freight train departures and arrivals during 2008 and 2009 in Sweden. Moreover, the link between capacity usage and expected delay is analyzed using the fact that demand fluctuates on different time scales, especially due to the economic chock in 2009. Since the distribution of delays on different scales describe reliability and vulnerability in the rail transport system, the results have potentially important policy implications for rail investment appraisal.

Keywords: Fat-tails; Freight; Delays; Rail; Reliability; Vulnerability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2013-08-05
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