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dc.contributor.advisorJoseph M. Sussman.en_US
dc.contributor.authorOgunbekun, Tolulope A. (Tolulope Ayoade)en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.en_US
dc.coverage.spatialn-use--en_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-30T19:01:54Z
dc.date.available2015-10-30T19:01:54Z
dc.date.copyright2015en_US
dc.date.issued2015en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/99624
dc.descriptionThesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2015.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 193-197).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe performance of Amtrak's Acela and Regional services in the Northeast Corridor (NEC) is a topic that, while frequently discussed as substandard by some travelers, has received minimal attention in the compendium of open source research literature. Amidst leading discussions in U.S. Congress to reduce Amtrak's funding, the finances and policies required for track renovation, infrastructure maintenance and quality train operations are also compromised. This provides a backdrop and motivation for the work done in this thesis. Amtrak is a vital transportation provider on the Northeast Corridor serving travelers between Boston, MA and Washington, DC, including major cities such as Providence, RI; New Haven, CT; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and Baltimore, MD. In Fiscal Year 2014, Amtrak had a record high of 11.6 million passengers on the Acela and Regional services combined. However, in FY 2014 only 3.9 million passengers arrived at their destination at the scheduled arrival time, that is, 7.4 million passengers experienced delays for a myriad of reasons. Furthermore, in 1981, Amtrak advertised Acela's predecessor (Express Metroliner) as trains that made the trip between Washington, D.C. and New York in 2 hours, 59 "civilized" minutes with a 92% on-time performance. Thirty-three years later, travel times in the NEC have barely improved; the Washington, DC - New York trip currently takes 2 hours 44 minutes on Acela and 3 hours 24 minutes on the Regional. Additionally, in FY 2014 overall on-time performance on the Acela and Regional services were 74% and 77%, respectively, despite a 10-minute delay threshold. This thesis focuses on Amtrak's Acela and Regional passengers, as well as the travel time performance of these services in the last ten years (2005 to 2014). The thesis evaluates different factors that lead to variability in ridership and service performance, as well as the impact of service performance on ridership. Another objective of the thesis is to hypothesize about how service performance affects future demand on the Acela and Regional services. This research lays the foundation for future work on the impact of Amtrak's performance, and measures needed to strengthen and improve intercity passenger rail in the Northeast Corridor.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Tolulope A. Ogunbekun.en_US
dc.format.extent197 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectCivil and Environmental Engineering.en_US
dc.titleThe impact of Amtrak performance in the Northeast Corridoren_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM. Eng.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc926714246en_US


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