BNSF Everett Yard Simulation


Project Summary

To help BNSF optimize operations at Everett Yard, TranSystems developed a simulation model of a flat switching yard. The model included all switching movements and the planning decisions needed to manage the yard, such as dynamically determining which tracks to assign to blocks, selection of inbound car cuts to switch into the yard, prioritization of tasks for yard crews, and assembly of departing trains. Simulation results revealed improvement with increased R&D tracks but llow utilization of some of the classification tracks. The model highlighted operational changes that can take full advantage of the built-out yard.

Project Highlights

  • Developed simulation model of flat switching yard
  • Simulation revealed improvement with increased R&D tracks
  • Model pointed out operational changes that can be fixed with built-out yard

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