TrainOptimizer helps you to optimize your vehicles with just a few clicks!

In the case of passenger trains, the aim is often to maximise the number of seats. It is expected that this will improve profitability as more people can be transported. In reality, however, maximising the number of seats always leads to a reduction in efficiency, as in rail transport in particular this means that baggage stowage is greatly undersized and is not designed to meet the needs of travellers. In addition, the necessary movement space for passengers is greatly restricted in all vehicle types.
The majority of travellers do not want to or cannot lift their baggage and want to have visual contact with it at all times. In the case of inadequately designed baggage stowage, this means that baggage is often stowed on or in front of seats or in the aisle. Furthermore, the baggage volume in the design of vehicles is often strongly underestimated. The consequences are blocked seats and aisle areas and thus a lower possible seat occupancy rate, higher safety risk, significantly longer dwell time, reduced punctuality, higher energy consumption and greatly reduced passenger comfort with increasing dissatisfaction. All this leads to a significant reduction in efficiency!
Optimization opportunities – How does TrainOptimizer work?
TrainOptimizer is a software tool with which you can check the efficiency of any vehicle-interior design with just a few clicks. You can compare any variants of a wagon or train and get a clear picture of how long the average dwell time will be, how many pieces of baggage cannot be stowed properly and how high the proportion of unusable seats is or the actual achievable capacity degree. A variety of special queries are possible with the aim of determining the most efficient layout. TrainOptimizer is an online tool with the big advantage that time-consuming installations and updates are no longer necessary, and you can access all functionalities from any computer.

With TrainOptimizer you can easily create different vehicle layouts, adapt them at any time and compare them to each other with just a few clicks. You have the possibility of adapting different basic parameters, e.g. you can select special travel purposes or determine whether a train will serve an airport or not. There are many options for configuring your evaluations according to your needs. You can also choose the simple one-click evaluation, which uses corresponding averages. In addition, it is possible to use regionally-specific data packages. You can either purchase these as additional features when they are available, or if required, we can work with you to develop special data packages tailored to your areas of application.

TrainOptimizer delivers concrete results per vehicle layout or by comparing the layouts with each other:

- Storage possibilities for baggage/number of baggage items that cannot be stored
- Actual achievable seat-occupancy rate /number of unusable seats
- Average value of the passenger boarding and deboarding time

The goal of TrainOptimizer is to compare different layout variants with each other in order to determine the most efficient variants with regard to short dwell times and the highest possible degree of seat occupancy. The absolute data per wagon are inevitably subject to passenger distribution, since in reality homogeneity can never be achieved with regard to the number of passengers and passenger behaviour; in comparison of the parameters, the results offer the best possible accuracy!
Which vehicles?
With TrainOptimizer you can optimize any public transport vehicle. The spectrum ranges from high-speed trains to inter-city trains, night trains, local trains and suburban trains. TrainOptimizer can also be used for undergrounds, trams and even buses.
There are tailor-made offers for all areas of application. Are you a large rail-vehicle manufacturer, a design or engineering company, a large or small railway operator? Are you faced with large orders or just want to refurbish a few vehicles or are you responsible for tendering transport services? Our customised offers can assist you in every case. Even if you simply want to check your existing vehicle fleet for optimisation potential, you let us know your requirements and we will put together the best offer for you.

We also offer special support for quicker and more efficient design. You send us your layout proposals and receive recommendations from us on how you can make the design even more efficient. We advise you from the beginning of a project.
TrainOptimizer is a tool that has emerged from nearly two decades of intensive research into passenger behaviour and needs. This research has been and will continue to be carried out by the Research Centre for Railway Engineering of the Vienna University of Technology together with netwiss. The tool is based on the following data:

Passenger behaviour of over 400,000 passengers in approximately 100 different vehicle types in different European countries. The behavioural analyses include both passenger movement and seat selection in local and long-distance trains, behaviour with regard to baggage transport and stowing and behaviour during boarding and deboarding. Supplementary surveys of approximately 60,000 travellers in over ten European countries have provided precise knowledge on the type and extent of baggage transport, on problems with boarding and passenger movement as well as with stowing baggage in the train and the concrete needs and readiness of travellers in connection with baggage transport. In addition, there is exact data on baggage sizes and weight in rail and intermodal transport for many thousands of pieces of baggage.


The special database shown above makes TrainOptimizer a unique optimization tool for rail vehicles because it accurately maps the entire spectrum of passenger behaviour and baggage volume. The combination of all the data allows statements to be made on the efficiency of the vehicles and on the exact optimization potential at the highest level.

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