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Journal of Advanced Transportation
Volume 2018, Article ID 5812939, 19 pages
Research Article

A Simulation Platform for Combined Rail/Road Transport in Multiyards Intermodal Terminals

1School of Traffic and Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
2School of Urban Planning and Design, Shenzhen Graduate School, Peking University, Shenzhen 518055, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Shiwei He; nc.ude.utjb@ehwhs

Received 28 September 2017; Revised 4 January 2018; Accepted 24 January 2018; Published 28 February 2018

Academic Editor: Francesco Corman

Copyright © 2018 Xuchao Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


With the rapid development of multiyards railway intermodal terminal (MYRIT) construction in China, performance evaluation has become an important issue for terminal design and management departments. Due to the complexity of the multiyards terminal and the associated rail network, the train moving process and related terminal operations have become more complicated compared with the traditional intermodal container terminal. However, in general simulation platforms, the train moving process is simplified and train route scheduling rules are not considered in existing simulation models. In order to provide an accurate and comprehensive quantitative evaluation tool for MYRIT, a simulation platform based on the Timed Petri Net model has been developed, which can offer decision support for terminal design and management departments. In this platform, a yards and facilities layout module has been created to give simulation users access to designing the railway network on this platform. And a train route dispatching simulation method has been integrated to provide an accurate simulation of the train moving process. Based on a real case of Qianchang railway intermodal terminal that is located in Fujian Province, China, the platform is thoroughly validated against historical data. And the test scenarios show that train routes arrangement and handling equipment configuration both have a significant influence on overall terminal performance, which need to be carefully considered during terminal design and management.