Logistics Hubs and Ports

Improving Multi-Modal Terminal Efficiency

This research examined the benefits of double cycling in wide-span gantry terminals that use automated transfer management systems. The researchers demonstrated that the use of double cycling rather than single cycling in these terminals can reduce the number of cycles required to turn a train by almost 50 percent in most cases and reduce train turn time by almost 40 percent. This change can provide significant productivity improvements in rail terminals, increasing both efficiency and competitiveness.

Learn more: Goodchild, A., J.G. McCall, J. Zumerchik, and J. Lanigan, Sr. (2011) Reducing Train Turn Times with Doubly Cycling in New Terminal Designs, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2238, 8-14.