TRACS: A Tool for Track Infrastructure Management

by Carl D. Martland, MIT, Cambridge, United States,
Michael B. Hargrove, MIT, Cambridge, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Infrastructure: Planning and Management


TRACS (Total Right-of-way Analysis and Costing system) combines engineering models with life-cycle costing techniques to estimate track maintenance and renewal costs as a function of track components track conditions, traffic mix and volume, and management productivity. TRACS is a versatile, model that has been used by North American railroads for technology assessment, costing in support of pricing, budgeting, line consolidation and other studies.

Subject Headings: Traffic analysis | Traffic models | Infrastructure | System analysis | Systems engineering | Computer software | Computer models | Life cycles

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