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The impact of cumulative tons on rail infrastructure maintenance costs

Kristofer Odolinski ()
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Kristofer Odolinski : VTI, Postal: Centrum för Transportstudier (CTS), Teknikringen 10, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

No 2016:28, Working papers in Transport Economics from CTS - Centre for Transport Studies Stockholm (KTH and VTI)

Abstract: In this paper the cost impact of rail infrastructure usage in Sweden is estimated, using a measure of the cumulative tons experienced by the tracks since they were renewed. The cost elasticity with respect to this measure is compared to the corresponding estimate from annual tons, a standard measure of output in the literature. The cumulative ton measure generates a higher cost elasticity compared to annual tons, and is quite high for tracks that have been extensively used. The results are informative for the Swedish infrastructure manager that needs to strike a balance between maintenance and renewals; the expected cost of maintenance with respect to accumulated use can be compared to the expected cost of a renewal.

Keywords: Rail infrastructure; Maintenance costs; Cumulative tons (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L92 R48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2016-12-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-reg, nep-tre and nep-ure
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