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TOSCA. Transport Infrastructure Capacity Assessment. Rail transport
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, Traffic and Logistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3687-7758
2011 (English)Report (Other academic)
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The TOSCA project aims to identify promising technology and fuel pathways to reducetransportation-related greenhouse gas emissions through midcentury. An important buildingblock of this project is the techno-economic specification of low-GHG emission transportationtechnologies, which are input into a scenario analysis. TOSCA considers all major modes ofpassenger and freight transport, along with transportation fuels and technologies capable ofenhancing infrastructure capacity. This report is thus one out of a number of such technoeconomicstudies.In TOSCA Work Package 5 (WP5), technologies that could be implemented in European roadand rail infrastructure over the next 40 years are evaluated for both passenger and freighttraffic. In this deliverable (D6.3) technologies for rail transport are examined. Thesetechnologies refer to measures that could improve the existing infrastructure capacity andcould impact energy use and GHG emissions.First a reference system is defined including TEN-T high-speed railways primarily for passengeroperations and freight corridors. Then two railway technologies are assessed: the EuropeanRail Traffic Management System (ERTMS)-(ETCS/Level 3) and Heavier/Faster freight trains.Both are viewed as capacity-enhancing technologies, while the second technology can alsocontribute to GHG emissions reduction. The potential for capacity improvements by ERTMS(ETCS/Level 3) might be anything ranging from 15 to 60%, while the capacity of Heavier/Fasterfreight trains could be up to 200% higher than the reference system. Evidence suggests thatboth technologies require substantial research and are expected to enter the Europeanmarket during the next decades. Evaluation results are also presented in terms of the basicdimensions of technological feasibility, social acceptability and user acceptability.

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2011. Vol. WP5
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Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-76774OAI: diva2:491146
TrenOp, Transport Research Environment with Novel Perspectives
TSC import 846 2012-02-06. QC 20120329Available from: 2012-02-06 Created: 2012-02-06 Last updated: 2012-06-12Bibliographically approved

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