ADS & AMDS Webinar | COVID-19 and Capacity Modelling in Public Transport

In the fifth webinar in the ADS & AMDS series Data & COVID-19, Dennis Huisman and Menno de Bruyn from NS talked about the work they have done in capacity modelling on the Dutch railways.

Watch the full webinar.

Key takeaways

Dennis Huisman spoke about the work done to significantly reduce the NS timetable between 21st March and 1st June. This included how this timetable was designed and how advanced algorithms were used to construct this timetable (and the steps to return to the normal timetable) and the related rolling stock and crew schedules.

Menno de Bruyn discussed the challenges that NS will face in the coming years. Passenger demand will be reduced in the coming years due to the economic depression, other behaviour (working from home and online lectures) and passengers’ fear of using public transport. To get better predictions on travel behaviour, NS started a large customer survey on passenger behaviour after the COVID-19 crisis, the results of which were presented during the webinar.

Check out the Amsterdam Economic Board’s article on the webinar.

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