2017 Edelman Finalist GE and Norfolk Southern

A Novel Movement Planning Algorithm for Dispatching Trains

General Electric (GE) has partnered with Norfolk Southern (NS) railroad to develop and implement a novel movement-planning algorithm to dispatch trains over a rail network. NS currently uses this algorithm to improve its average line of road velocity by over 10% and save over $400 million per year. GE is currently implementing this algorithm at two other railroads and is in talks to implement it at several other railroads in the US and abroad.