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Planning, optimisation and dispatching for MTR Pendeltågen

A year after reallocation of the Pendeltågen network contract, MTR Pendeltågen AB was taking over operation of the Stockholm commuter rail system in December 2016. Like the previous operator Stockholmståg, the company is using IVU.rail from IVU Traffic Technologies AG for planning, optimisation and dispatching of its trains and employees.

Stockholm, Sweden

Consisting of four lines that serve Stockholm via a radial route, the commuter rail network covers a total of 241 kilometres and 53 stations. Each day, around 300,000 passengers use this service to commute from the suburbs to the capital and back. MTR ensures reliable, customer-friendly transportation since 11 December 2016. The contract between MTR and the Stockholm transport authority, SL, will run for an initial ten years, with the option of a four-year extension. IVU.rail has been chosen as the planning software.

Before making its decision, MTR compared various systems in a stringent selection procedure. IVU.rail came out on top. The planners were particularly impressed by the wide range of functions of the IVU solution. “IVU.rail enables us to optimally deploy our rolling stock and staff,” said Niklas Grünbaum, Chief Architect at MTR Pendeltågen AB. “The system provides us with extensive options for vehicle planning and dispatching in particular.” Another factor in the decision was the high-performance optimisation engine of IVU.rail, which achieved outstanding results in the comparison tests.

MTR Pendeltågen AB is a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation, a multinational group that operates railway networks in countries including China, Australia and the UK. In Sweden, MTR already runs the Stockholm metro as well as the MTR Express high-speed rail link between Stockholm and Gothenburg.

IVU Traffic Technologies has been providing efficient and environmentally friendly public transport for over 40 years with more than 800 engineers. The integrated standard products of the IVU.suite map all the processes of bus and rail companies: from planning and dispatching to operations control, ticketing and passenger information, right through to the settlement of transport contracts. In close partnership with our customers, we lead demanding IT projects to success and therefore ensure reliable mobility in the metropolises of the world.

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