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Old 21st February 2013, 19:22   #1
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Default Mumbai Suburban Trains : Cyclic timetable claimed to improve safety and efficiency

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Came across this petition hosted for online signature campaign by Mumbai Suburban Railway Passenger Association:

https://www.change.org/en-IN/petitio...to-stop-deaths

The article does not explain what cyclic timetable is and how it would benefit, though claims that it "can reduce passenger load on each local train by about 30% to 40% and also cut the travel time by 20% to 25% for long-distance commuters" without any additional investments.

Did some searching around and find the following:

The term is mostly explained in operations research papers like these:

http://www.ieor.iitb.ac.in/files/fac...timetables.pdf

http://repub.eur.nl/res/pub/10346/ei200722.pdf

Going through these, the term simply means that a cyclic time table specifies the frequency of trains like "every N minutes" instead of tabulating specific timings for trains.

The documents give pros and cons of such time table.

However it remains unclear, how such a time table is going to provide the benefits claimed above in the petition. (Perhaps it makes some assumptions about how the commuters' behavioral pattern would change and the crowd would spread out more evenly across trains? Not sure.)

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